Monday, August 5, 2019

NASA Budget


"We should be back on the Moon right now. And we should be going off to Mars immediately... How come we're looking at our shoes instead of at the great nebula in Orion? Where did we mislay the Moon and back off from Mars? The problem is, of course, our politicians, men who have no romance in their hearts or dreams in their heads... If NASA's budgeters could be convinced that there are riches on Mars, we would explode overnight to stand on the rim of the Martian abyss. We need space for reasons we have not as yet discovered, and I don't mean Tupperware... NASA feels it has to justify everything it does in practical terms. And Tupperware was one of the many practical products that came out of space travel. NASA feels it has got to flimflam you to get you to spend money on space. That's B.S. We don't need that. Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever." - Ray Bradbury, 'About Ray Bradbury', Playboy, May 1996


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