Space Is the Place

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Obama Administration’s NASA budget was released this month and some critics claim its proposals have shifted the space program toward a more commercial footing. We’ll talk with Dr. Henry Hertzfeld, of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, former astronaut Scott Horowitz, and with Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer at the Franklin Institute, about the proposals and the latest happenings in the vacuum of space.


Dr. Henry Hertzfeld,, Scott Horowitz, and Derrick Pitts
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Comments [7]

Arthur Vincie

Space exploration and research is a long-shot in terms of risk/rewards. However, many of the things that are now part of daily life - television, solar energy, the interstate highway system, vaccines for smallpox, stainless steel tools, semiconductor-based computing, etc. - were also long-shots at one point in time. It took many hundreds of person-years of research in metallurgy, hematology, physics, etc. to produce the above, as well as (in most cases) generous amounts of government funding.

Feb. 11 2010 12:49 PM
Opal from Manhattan

These people are speaking from a self-preservation point of view, their jobs, i.e. The monies that are spent and the talent that is involved can be used for the betterment of people here on earth.

Feb. 10 2010 12:35 PM

It's not science if your working towards the goal of humanity living off earth.

Feb. 10 2010 12:34 PM
gerard from brooklyn

nasa funded my graduate education. i feel very blessed to have been able to attend university of florida, tuition-free with a handsome stipend. nasa had provided research dollars to the universities which was largely performed by graduate student. a great system. i know work in green energy and sustainability. thanks nasa

Feb. 10 2010 12:28 PM
Opal Stanfield from Manhattan

We cannot take of our Earth, and our needs now are so great, I would like to have spelled out for me the benefits of the space exploration.

Feb. 10 2010 12:16 PM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

I agree that robots should lead the way and eventually prepare the environment so that humans can eventually follow.

Feb. 10 2010 12:04 PM
Dave from Westchester

Why fly people? Can't robots do the same thing without environmental support?

Feb. 10 2010 11:28 AM

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