Another Trump Administration Distraction…

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday declared “a new era of American leadership in space” and vowed that astronauts launched from Florida’s Space Coast will someday walk on Mars.

“Here, from this bridge to space, our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars,” Pence said.

Pence addressed several hundred NASA employees, guests and dignitaries during a tour of Kennedy Space Center, days after President Donald Trump named him to lead the relaunched National Space Council.

“Today, I come to assure you, the men and women of NASA, and all those at this gateway to the stars, where the aspirations of the American people have taken flight, that under President Donald Trump, America will lead in space once again,” he said.

We are swimming in troubled times. With an unpopular, dysfunctional, and  ineffective administration our nation is adrift with no substantial direction in sight. With the legitimate news media under constant attack from Trump combined with his incessant lying the majority of Americans are left shaking their heads in disbelief. Then there is the Russian Trump connection and Putin meddling in our national election. While there has yet to surface a smoking gun investigation into the Trump administration continue. Of course there are many other national issues to resolve as well. But , but, but,  remember Benghazi and e-mails? Somehow they keep coming up, somewhere or another.

On the world front there is ISIS, North Korea, global warming, and  trade imbalances just to name a few. All serious and all deserving of action. Perhaps Trump will actually focus his administration on serous domestic issues and international issues following G-20. But, we aren’t holding our breath.

It is easier to focus on distractions and ramp up national patriotic fervor than to concretely address real problems. Which is exactly what Pence’s announcement is all about. Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for science and scientific discovery. Space exploration certainly should be a part of our efforts to expand scientific knowledge. But American boots on Mars? Really? For what purpose? What’s the anticipated benefits? What will be the likely huge cost to taxpayers? Given our current technology continued unmanned space flights to expand our knowledge of the solar system is more sensible.

And we push on…

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Les Carpenter

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12 thoughts on “Another Trump Administration Distraction…”

      1. So much for liberal logic: Space exploration certainly should be a part of our efforts to expand scientific knowledge. But American boots on Mars? Really? For what purpose? What’s the anticipated benefits? What will be the likely huge cost to taxpayers? Given our current technology continued unmanned space flights to expand our knowledge of the solar system is more sensible.

        MAGA!

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          1. May be so, may not be so. Either way her time has come and gone. President Obama? Now that’s a different story. He may wield GREAT influence resulting in HUGE change. ☺☺☺

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  1. we will put American boots on the face of Mars

    Not the best expression he could have chosen. It immediately evokes the immortal line from Orwell’s evocation of absolute totalitarianism in 1984: “If you want an image of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever”.

    The proposal for a manned mission to Mars is fatuous. We have already explored most of the solar system — including planets and moons dozens of times more remote than Mars — using robot space probes, and gained a wealth of scientific knowledge. Manned space flight is insanely expensive, hideously dangerous, and serves no scientific purpose. Machines can do it all, better and cheaper.

    Different era, different issues.

    Exactly correct. In the early 1960s, the critical issue was that the USSR appeared to be leaving the US in the dust technologically. The Soviets had built the first atomic power plant, put the first satellite in orbit, and put the first man into space. These were staggering achievements for a nation which had been essentially medieval before 1917. The US and the USSR were competing to influence Third World countries which had been recently liberated from colonialism and were desperately poor and backward. Those countries were looking at the Soviet achievements and quite reasonably concluding that Communism was the best strategy for themselves. If Communism could take a nation from the Dark Ages to technological superiority over the mighty US in less than half a century, then it would work for other poor and backward nations, they were thinking.

    To counter this, the US needed a spectacular achievement of its own, preferably in the field where the USSR had chosen to assert supremacy — space travel. Landing a man on the Moon fit the need perfectly. It would be spectacular and easily understood, and Kennedy knew that the USSR could not duplicate it. The manned Moon landings served no scientific purpose. They were purely a display of technological superiority in the context of the Cold War battle for influence.

    Today the issues are indeed different. Many nations of the “Third World” are emerging as industrial powerhouses in their own right. We no longer face a one-on-one struggle with Russia, but a more complex multi-polar world. The main country threatening to eclipse us technologically (Japan) is doing so mainly in fields like consumer electronics, not space travel. No other country is seriously planning a manned Mars expedition. The cost to us of such an expedition (unlike with the Moon landings) would far exceed any conceivable benefit.

    It’s a stupid idea, superficially appealing to people who know nothing about science or space travel. No wonder Trump and Pence embrace it.

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    1. Well said Infidel, all your points are spot on. It amazes me how really foolish and or stupid the party of Trump really is. Hopefully the 2018 mid terms will start a serious trend towards greater sanity and 2020 finishes the job.

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