Re: Cost of Manned Space Research (was Boston Globe article)

From: Markus Mehring (
Date: Wed Feb 05 2003 - 20:30:27 EST

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    On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 18:00:07 -0400, you ("Stephen Bolton"
    <>) wrote:
    >When I look at what the manned LEO program has returned VS what could have
    >been a program with bigger space telescopes and a complete robotic
    >exploration of our solar system (because, face it, the manned space steals
    >from the unmanned space budget) I get upset.
    But manned spaceflight itself isn't to blame for that. Manned spaceflight
    in itself isn't bad just because unmanned spaceflight is underbudgeted.
    This kind of attitude is exactly what I meant with my previous insinuations
    of "envy" within some scientists ranks. "They're spending money that we'd
    rather want to be spending."
    >I'll take the return from the
    >Hubble over the return from the entire STS/ ISS program.
    Hubble doesn't do life sciences. I'd value any piece of result from
    microgravity research on cancer or on any other medical issues higher than
    the entire lot of Hubble results. And I'm saying that as an HST devotee.
    CU!	Markus
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