Posted by Sadie from ? (18.104.22.168) on Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 12:59PM :
In Reply to: oh & posted by Sadie from D006091.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu (22.214.171.124) on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 11:53PM :
When I say "the government," I mean *recent & current U.S. administrations.*
I think the current administration wants to keep the NASA space stuff to a bare minimum so that it would only feed defense industry interests. The media wants to focus on the shuttle incident to convince people that it's not safe (how safe is a car or airplane that's not working correctly?), & should only be used for a few missions to the space station or repair our satellites. A lot of good things can be done with & come out of work with satellites & space exploration & experiments conducted in a microgravity environment, but, the current U.S. administration is not interested in these things. It (the current administration) is only interested in feeding the corporations that support it & thus panders to those corporations desires (& those corporations are only interested in *selling*, not in gaining scientific knowledge). If it's research that has no relevance to defense, then those corporations don't care for it.
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