Thursday, April 07, 2005

Hubble Double

Back in the very early beginnings of this blog, the post "Hubble," I wrote about how a bureaucratic organization would, unlike a business, threaten to destroy its most valuable asset in order to retain its funding. I predicted that NASA would end up scrapping other parts of its program in order to save Hubble. I was not exactly correct. New facts have forced me to update my theory. Which other parts of its program will a bureaucratic organization scrap if it comes down to the wire? Unlike a business, once again, a bureaucratic organization will select targets of value for cuts, in the hopes of preserving funding by making people question whether the funding cuts are truly necessary. NASA has selected the Voyager space craft, which, as the Washington Post termed it, is "as if Lewis and Clark had got all the way to the Rocky Mountains, and then turned around and headed home." I am curious as to what the result will be when the budgets gets its shave. Will they truly cut common programs, or will the chopping block be blue with the blood of royalty?

5 Comments:

Blogger Noumenon said...

THEY'RE DOING WHAT. That is the last straw, cut the whole damn program already. Send the administrators into space on the last government rocket. You know I'd like to blame Bush for jerking the agency around on this pointless, unplanned, yet visionary Mars mission thing, but at least when he did that to the Army the first thing they did wasn't to stop buying helmets and bullets. It's a good thing we have public choice theory to explain NASA's behavior, because otherwise we'd have to guess their brains had been altered by aliens.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

Maybe they have had their brains altered by aliens. Maybe that's why SETI hasn't found anything--there's just this one patch of sky that we never quite manage to scan. Maybe they've taken over the gove

::dies mysteriously::

1:58 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

::resurrects mysteriously, only with an ear tag and interspace radio collar::

Isn't it amazing how, by becoming informed, one can suddenly care passionately about something that, had someone not told you, you would not have cared about in the least? I was sitting around, minding my own business, and suddenly the newspaper made me very angry at some NASA officials who I had never met.

2:02 AM  
Blogger Noumenon said...

nice use of the double colon. Must be the alien influence.

Even page A30 has the power to create this anger. Oh, that's the editorial page. Well, good job, Mr. Writer. You were hired to inflame our passions and you've used your power for good this time.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Hamlette said...

"I am not programmed to respond in that area."

9:22 AM  

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