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Re: Re: Re: In praise of curiosity

by TomDLux (Vicar)
on Jul 29, 2003 at 23:13 UTC ( #279025=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: In praise of curiosity
in thread In praise of curiosity

Personally, I see it as a military motivation ... not the scientists but Kennedy and the politicians who approved the funding. If you can get your weapons to a high place, all you have to do is let go and watch them fall on people. And if you can get a camera higher than a U2 can go, you can see anything you want.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: In praise of curiosity
by Jasper (Chaplain) on Jul 30, 2003 at 12:39 UTC
    Military motivation is right. There would have been _no_ US space program if they hadn't 'stolen' the Third Reich's rocketry program.

    Jasper
Re: Re: Re: Re: In praise of curiosity
by chaoticset (Chaplain) on Aug 03, 2003 at 02:35 UTC


    I don't care about the government's motivation. The government will do the same damn dumb things every damn government's done from the beginning of time to the end, because that's what governments do -- safe, dumb things.

    My concern is the motivation of each astronaut to do something that had a relatively high risk of death. Prestige will only make you risk so much -- and then you must be motivated by something else.

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