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BLOND AND HARMONIZED GETTING IT RIGHT AGAINST THE RIGHT firstname.lastname@example.org
January 14, 2004
SOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON
Finally. Finally. Finally. Pretty much everywhere I've read thinks money for Mars is money lost in space.
The bold ideas are:
• Science station on the moon
• Scaling back the Shuttle and International Space station programs (and money for them. (PS you're going to need some kind of Shuttle-like ship to get to Mars)
• 5 percent increase in NASA budget (excluding above programs). It's $15.5 billion now. It'll be $15,810,000,000 (billion) in 2005. It'll be $16,600,000,000 in 2006 and $17,430,000,000 billion in 2007. Raw numbers and compound figures used and not counting for inflation.
And everwhere on TV they talking heads are calling it a bold initiative. Because bold is much more unbiased than "money that could be better spent elsewhere."