I think it's completely crazy to have another race to the moon, or
that Obama would blindly continue the Bush program in that direction.
If the military's budget were partly diverted to NASA, however, that
wouldn't be bad, provided that the budgets are not simply merged.
btw, as many know, much of the Dept of Energy budget goes for (again,
crazy and unnecessary) nuclear weapons development and production.
To repeat some ancient history, for a brief period, in the 70's the
Mansfield amendment eliminated the military's involvement in research
of only indirect value to the military. That meant the military might
lose scientists' political support. SftP persuaded many to sign the
scientist's oath against involvement in defense research or weapons
production, and that hey would urge colleagues and council students to
do likewise. Within a decade, some of the signers were in fact
supporting star wars because they wanted to assure their students
would have jobs. Today numerous apparenlty peaceful resaerch projects
seek military funding.
Currently, many top science students have ended up being "quants" on
Wall Street, which is perhaps not as dangerous ot the world as weapons
research but is hardly beneficial. If that source of prestige and high
salaries dries up, will the displaced students not eagerly grasp onto
more "technically sweet weapons work? Can a renewed moral or ethical
cll find many ears?
On Jan 4, 2009, at 6:49 AM, Les Schaffer wrote:
> herb fox wrote:
>> I believe the problem is more fundamental: Why should physicists
>> and electronic engineers have to do this kind of science against
> Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- President-elect Barack Obama will probably
> tear down long-standing barriers between the U.S.ís civilian and
> military space programs to speed up a mission to the moon amid the
> prospect of a new space race with China.
> nuff said?