Obama's initiative for NASA
I am wondering what people think of Obama's new plan for NASA http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/02/science/space/02nasa.html?ref=science .
"If Mr. Obama’s proposed budget is implemented, NASA a few years from now would be fundamentally different from NASA today. The space agency would no longer operate its own spacecraft, but essentially buy tickets for its astronauts on commercially launched rockets. It would end its program to return to the Moon and would pursue future missions to deep space by drawing more cooperation and financing from other nations."
Personally I don't like it. I think that space exploration is one of those industries, like education and perhaps healthcare, that best serves the country if private interests are left out of the equation. This reminds me of fight club where ed norton says that "when deep space exploration picks up, it will be the corporations that name everything; it'll be the microsoft galaxy..." etc. I feel like the science is going to be put on the back burner as companies are only going to be looking for ways to make a profit. Any thoughts?
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