Saturday, January 17, 2004

Hubble Abandoned

I'm so fucking pissed right now. NASA has announced that due to safety concerns, the Hubble Space Telescope will no longer be serviced... ever. As a result, depending on how creative the engineers are, we have only a few years left with it. NASA mentioned that they were dedicating the shuttle fleet to completing the ISS only due to safety reasons. This goes hand in hand with Bush's announcement mentioning that shuttle fleet is only to complete the ISS and then retire.

I really don't know what to think. Over 500 soldiers have died in Iraq and Bush is not willing to risk 7 astronauts to keep alive one of the most important scientific instruments ever produced by human kind. If given a choice between the Hubble and Iraq, there is no question I'd rather have the Hubble.

Then again, from NASA's point of view, are they willing to risk 7 more of their lives for a piece of equipment? I say they should take volunteers. If no one wants to go, that's alright with me. No one should have to risk their life without them wanting to. However, if there are those who believe in the Hubble's importance for mankind, then I say we should let them go.