I think it’s pointing the way, although of course it’s doing so by assiduously following the already established advances in computation and control. It all feeds back on itself. The presumed ( by me ) improvements in materials and physical design are dependent on computation, but the outstanding feature of this success, it seems to me, is the precision control of the sequence of actions and the regulation by feedback of the rockets. What we saw was the emergence of robotics as a revolutionary mode of operation.
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Yet that poseur from Indonesia whose currently Occupying the White House, cuts NASA's budget to about $20 a week, just so he can buy votes from his Homies and commie Fellow Travelers.