I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
- Jul 19, 2004
- Out of Bounds
... PS- I hear Trump is getting behind a new invigorated US Space Program so I'm sure all Forteans are happy with that, as no doubt he's hoping to look for some Great Truths "out there" by making contact with Klingons and Romulans etc.
He's tossed off some comments about prioritizing a manned mission to Mars, which conflicts with NASA's more rational long-view plans for exploring with probes and landers before wasting money on risky and less scientifically relevant manned missions. If anything, such a shift in priorities would inhibit rather than promote progress in gathering knowledge about our solar system.
The other space-related move has been to call for the military to establish a Space Command - something which would end up shifting priorities and funding toward close (orbital) applications unrelated to scientific exploration or further manned exploration.
Neither of these would help us with the broader 'Great Truths' objective(s), and both could easily delay or derail progress in that direction.