Every time the economy goes south and there's concern about our growing national debt, people question the money we're spending on NASA. I'm really not sure how I feel about it.
On the one hand, I hate to see critical social programs being cut while we're spending billions to dig around on the surface of Mars. On the other hand, technological advancement is key to our future, and it would be a shame to cede such a powerful engine of innovation to India or China. On yet another hand, should we be putting all this scientific and engineering talent to work on space missions when our most pressing technology need is energy independence? You have to be a three-armed freak to talk about this.
Coming tomorrow, the eagerly awaited Avian Genital Tongues episode.