I was just reading a release on the progress of NASA’s New Horizons mission. It was sent toward Pluto back when Pluto was still a planet. It gets there this summer.
New Horizons is still over 100 million miles out, but closing fast. Low-res images of two of Pluto’s four moons are coming in. It’s an amazing achievement.
Actually, I know why. Space technology creates many well paying jobs. It’s a political landmine to cut.
Unfortunately, there is almost no practical payoff to space. All the good discoveries happened decades ago. I’ve been hearing about pharmaceuticals and metallurgy in space for the last forty years! Don’t hold your breath.
What we need is to better explore Earth. We need to understand and leverage the natural power around us. There is untapped energy in tides and ocean currents. There is great heat at the center of the Earth.
The same types of skills NASA employs for space are needed for Earth! Only the mission need be changed.
Could harnessing heat from the Earth’s core be any more difficult that sending a mission to Pluto?
This is a pipe dream. I don’t see it happening. I wish it would.
There are so many bright and wonderfully talented people at NASA. Their accomplishments are way beyond mind boggling. They’re just solving the wrong problems.