"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
The American Astronomical Society released a statement today...decrying the recently announced cuts to NASA astrophysics funding. [statement available at the AAS website]
AAS President Robert Kirshner said, "NASA is having a tough time paying for its superb science program. This year's choice to omit support of individual astronomers is very painful for astronomers and could lead to serious damage in the long run. We have to work with NASA to make sure that the president's exploration vision is firmly linked to a broad view of the science NASA does so well."
NASA is having a tough fight this year as it has to make major decisions such as whether or not Hubble should survive to when to launch it's shuttles safely. Supporting astronomy (which does encourage the "next generation") although important, will not help it achieve it's goal of colonizing the moon by 2025. Scraping funds for this project in order to accomplish a more noble feat is worth more in the short and long run. We may have fewer astronomers in the future, but we can always make that up once we beat Japan to the moon.
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