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Tuesday, February 3

Bush's Space-Exploration Dreams

The Economist carries an interesting letter about the Man to Mars idea (italics added):
SIR – I think you "misunderestimate" George Bush's recent space proposals ("A grand but costly vision", January 17th). They are neither about science nor prestige. Rather, these proposals are part of what might be called the administration's "strategic-offence initiative"—a commitment to maintaining and enlarging indefinitely the capability gap between the United States and the rest of the world. The president's goal is not an extended human presence on the moon but the unique capacity to maintain an "extended American presence" there. The trip to Mars is largely a cover story. As Tip O'Neill might have said: all space exploration is local.

Adam Rose
Damn straight, the United States is committed to staying ahead of the rest of the world.


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