So I saw an article in the NYTimes Science section about NASA diverting money away from confirmed projects to shuttle/space station/moon/mars projects (LINK HERE). This is a shame, for sure. I was going to post something about how we need to fund these geophysical research projects in order to understand climate change etc., but blogger.com went down and I didn't know what to do. So instead of posting here, I resorted to the age-old tradition of posting to a usenet-style group (LINK HERE). I tried to keep it short and sweet, but I don't think anyone reads that group anyway.
The point is that NASA is being torn asunder by this new fascination with sending people to the Moon and Mars. And don't forget that stupid space station that should have its name changed to the International Space Money-Pit. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for exploring space, with both people and "robots," but we are obligated to concentrate on basic research as well. These are two completely different goals, and should be treated separately. One competing against the other is not fair for either, especially with non-scientists in charge of so much of the decision making.