Perhaps the most useful tool in stellar astronomy is going to be allowed to degrade in favor of Dubya’s election year grandstanding idea of colonizing the Moon and sending a manned mission to Mars. Both would be interesting ideas if they were not motivated by the desire to appear as a visionary shortly before November, I mean why not spend that money on education so NASA will have qualified engineers, scientists, and theoretical mathematicians in the coming decade? Not quite as flashy but a lot more necessary.
And why write off an invaluable telescope, which has no peer or replacement as of yet, in favor of what…building a resort facility on the Moon? Besides a potentially unique and profitable vacation spot for the absurdly wealthy what will we really gain from this venture? I am all for funding NASA, what we learn of our universe because of their diligence and our tax dollars is a good trade off. A political stunt designed to heap favor on our Debtor in chief is NOT worthy of our (and our children’s) tax money. Want to increase NASA’s funding, that’s cool but let NASA decide how best to spend the money. They are the ones who have the experience in the cosmos after all.
Hey George, do us all a favor and back away from the checkbook before you drown us all in red ink! We know you are desperate for approval but you are destroying this country.