Skip to comments.$500k To Dream About Star Adventure [from US Govt to...]
Posted on 05/30/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT by kevcol
In the midst of the nations dire financial crisis, the U.S. government has given a former astronaut half a million dollars to launch a seemingly delusional idea to send explorers to another star system.
By the governments own account its a dream that may never come true considering these facts published in the mainstream newspaper that reported the grant; trips to the moon take three days each way and Mars, the next planet over, takes a robotic flier nine months to reach. Based on those speeds the journey to the nearest neighboring star would take tens of thousands of years. In five decades of space exploration scientists have not been able to make a dent on that figure.
Here is an indicator of the reasoning behind the government allocation from the mainstream newspaper linked above; the former NASA astronaut who got the cash, Mae Jamison, was the first woman of color to leave earth on the space shuttle in 1992. Shes also a physician, engineer, entrepreneur and champion of science education.
Indeed Jamisons credentials are impressive, but does that justify $500,000 for her self-described mission to generate excitement for a grand human adventure?
Jemison describes it as a monumental project with global aspiration. The former astronaut assures that each step of the way, its progress will benefit life on earth. Were embarking on a journey across time and space, she said. Our team is both invigorated and sobered by the confidence DARPA has in us to start an independent, private initiative to help make interstellar travel a reality.
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...says it all...
more waste of government/taxpayer funds. This “study” has been duplicated how many times?
Give me my $500,000.
Where’s the Occupy Wall Street protesters on this?
This is blatant, insider, access to government cash. All are members of the 1%. If I’m a white guy, I don’t stand a chance for a windfall like this. I have to earn it.