Obama's Strategy to Kill the Space Program

Many of us will recall Dan Quayle, then serving as vice-president, getting a savage media beating for an error-filled statement he made about exploring Mars. Mars, Quayle said, made a good target for future space efforts because: "Mars is essentially in the same orbit.... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe." The media was quick to point out (and point out, and point out...) that: Mars is not in the same orbit as Earth The "canals" had been debunked years before Mars has no running water And though it has an atmosphere, at a surface pressure of .087 per square inch, it pretty much exists only by courtesy Several of these points weren't so much errors as misinterpretations -- Mars is within the so-called "goldilocks zone", the volume around the sun which would allow life to arise, much the same...(Read Full Article)

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