Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Spacing Out

Stephen Hawking states the obvious: the long term survival of the human race depends on its ability to find places to live that aren't Earth. While his conjecture about what is possible doesn't pass the test of what is probable, it's nice to see such a high profile person in the scientific community keep such issues around.

Meanwhile, NASA is being weighed down with silly pork barrel projects and budget cuts. The link above is from ArsTechnica, and I just finished reading a similar one in the June 2006 issue of "Scientific American." The SciAm article focuses on the administration, both the federal level and at NASA, as bearing the brunt of the blame rather than Ars's viewing of Congress. But there are two sides to this battle, and both articles are probably correct.

And finally, the U.S. says we have every right to build defensive weapons in space. But don't worry, we'll play nice and abide by existing international treaties. I suppose I won't comment on this. I wouldn't want you thinking I was a cynic.

No comments: