When is a first strike not a first strike?
When it's Anticipatory Retaliation.

January 14, 2005

Pictures

Bravo Romeo Delta

First pictures should be back at 11:45 am PST (2:45 pm EST).

So far, of the two redundant and independent data channels, one of them is operating perfectly, the other is creating some sort of problem, but hey, that's why you have redundancy. Besides which, Cassini will replay the data eight times to ensure we get all of it.

Neat-o.

Launched by Bravo Romeo Delta at January 14, 2005 05:33 PM
The Jawa Report Retaliates with: Of What Use?

Retaliatiory Launches

How this is worth taxpayers' money, I have yet to be convinced.

Posted by: Chase at January 16, 2005 03:55 AM

First of, Hyugens was paid for out of European tax dollars, so it's pretty much a freebie for us. But as for why we should spend ours on space, I's point out Near Earth Asteroid 2004MN. It's going to miss us in 2029, but we aren't always going to be so lucky. Remember: The dinosaurs are extinct because they didn't have a space program!

Posted by: Cybrludite at January 16, 2005 03:25 PM

Cybrludite is right. There are other aspects to be considered as well. If you are concerned about the possibilities of overpopulation then the expanded living areas that space colonization would bring is definitely a plus and probes are useful in telling us what is there to work with. Solar Power Satellites would be a useful supplement to our energy budget. Asteroid mining would provide useful minerals and terraforming materials. Lunar regolith could be a useful crop fertilizer the way guanno from Peru was. If you need pragmatic reasons why Space development is A Good Thing they really aren't that hard to find. ^_~

Posted by: The Snark Who Was Really a Boojum at January 17, 2005 08:36 AM

I guess of all the thoughtful responses, I really have nothing of note to add, save this old hoary notion: of what use is a baby?

Explaining to someone what the value of science and technology this soon after the dawn of the 21st century is, one some level, fruitless.

Either it makes sense, or we can simply rehash all the existing arguments about the notion that perhaps, just maybe, expanding the horizons of human knowledge might not be, as you tend to suggest, an idle pursuit or the a dilettante's distraction.

Posted by: Bravo Romeo Delta at January 18, 2005 05:12 AM

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