Interestingly, Van Allen (of the Van Allen Belt fame) now questions human spaceflight:
The quick no-bullshit translation of this kind of crap is ALWAYS the same:
“Please spend more money on my kind of programs!”
I just sat in on a NASA talk about robotic exploration. Now, it’s true that
a robotic probe can do a great flyby of a moon. But when it comes to
actual planetary science, the quote went:
“A robotic probe can do in an afternoon what a human geologist
can do in 45 seconds.”
What really irritates me about the kind of evil we’re encountering
in the anti-space-exploration movement is its upending of basic
human values. Your tax dollars, my tax dollars are going to fund
both space exploration and space science. But space science
is fundamentally USELESS unless it serves some human goal.
In other words, if we’re not going to GO there, don’t waste my
money futzing around taking PICTURES of there, because,
“at the end of the day”, all you’re trying to do is kill human
spaceflight so you can keep taking money from me to pay
for your comfortable academic chair.
Get a life.