Shock Poll: Americans Like Space; Don’t Want To Pay For It

Posted: July 25, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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Nostalgia is a powerful thing and the space shuttle is now a nostalgia vehicle.  Reality is a powerful thing and funding cuts for NASA will be reality.  So which is more powerful, nostalgia or reality?  Or is this some sort of trick special episode like Batman versus Superman?

Over at Space Politics, there’s a great summary of some end-of-shuttle polling.  The unsurprising conclusion?  Americans think civil space is important but don’t want to pay more for it.

Why is this unsurprising?  Because of the non-nostalgic, non-realistic human desire for the free lunch, something akin to fantasy.  It seems to be something between “Mr. Spaceman bring me a dream” and “Wake me up before you go-go.”

OK, so maybe instead of nostalgia versus reality or Batman versus Superman, this special episode is more like the NASA Administrator (alone, clinging to a life vest, and a thousand miles from shore) versus Jaws.  If you have a better analogy, let’s hear it!

(image: demotivational posters)

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