Because Out There Is There

E., G.

Because Out There Is There Why not take all that space money, itís often asked, and use it here on earth. to end poverty, intolerance. and crowded busesĎ? Tke first answer is usually, ď.411 that...

...So too G.th the planetary probes...
...But if you want new research products, nothing could be more circuitous than sending out for them by way of the moon...
...Because Out There Is There Why not take all that space money, itís often asked, and use it here on earth...
...Yes, but one the shuttle project does not serve...
...n e shuttle simply canít do anything the old rockets couldnít do, wonít save money, and wonít help us learn anything we couldnít learn with probes on the old rockets...
...has gotten hints on how to make things better, especialiy lightweight materials like Inxan...
...their exhaust is not noxious gases...
...They are light, small, highly efficient...
...We hid to know...
...but steam...
...The .4merican space program so far has cost Si00 billion...
...The itch to know is something we should always scratch...
...We canít keep on using rockets that were designed 28 years ago,Ē A congressional aide and key shuttle proponent said to me in defense of the project...
...Meanwhile...
...Consider the space shuttleís marvelous cryogenic engines...
...A probe to investigate the pohr regions of the sun---invisible from earth-has been shelved...
...Even part of that sum, farmed into pure research, would have returned many more usable products than space development has...
...Our desire for growth is a pure and positive aspect of manís character...
...A probe to meet Halleyís Cornet has b t ~ cna nceied...
...Then is there is 2 cause for going to space...
...The next answer is usually, ďBecause of ail the wonderfttl spin-offs from space...
...Anything we need to know about things near earth where the shuttle can go, we can launch an oldfashioned rocket to discover...
...If you wanted to develop that pump-which surely offers important insights to industrial pump-makers-you didnít need to surround i? wieh a space shuttle to do so...
...The pump is a breathtakingahnost beautiful-achievement of cngineering...
...The shuttle project doesĎ not claim this article of faith...
...Draining noney into the shuttle has caused delays and downgrading for Project Galiieo, a complex probe that will orbit Jupiter, pull close to each of its 12 moons, then plunge into the planetís seething atmosphere...
...True enough, SASA gets less than one per cent of the federal budget...
...not a reason...
...It claims to be fiscally and technically practicar, so it is open to a line of criticism from which the moon program was exempt...
...We need space money for Ihese projects, not to whiz around at Mach 25 trying to raise Vandenberg on the squawkbox...
...The air there is pink...
...Industry, more important...
...No itís not...
...Since they burn liquid oxygen and hydrogen for fuel...
...Man must Constantly seek to expand his fieid of vision...
...True, everyday Iife has benefited from digital watches and Tang...
...we have no idea whatís going on out there...
...It wasnít of much practical value...
...Itís sensible...
...Itís degrading...
...And thatís exactly why we have to go there...
...3ut thatís a refutation...
...Within this engine is a remarkabie device, 2 turbopump for pressurizing the propellants...
...But the whole damn engine and its wonderful pump are good for nothing but making 2 rocket fly...
...GX...
...The pump weighs 760 pounds and generates 75,000 horsepower- more than a thousand horsepower per p ~ i ~ n Yd o!u r carís engine produces maybe half a horsepower per pound...
...Tke first answer is usually, ď.411 that money isnít all that much...
...and ~ O S pLeo ple understood zhat...
...The trip to the moon could be justified only by this reason, this article of faith...
...We have no idea what weíll find...
...Who was not transfixed for an instant when Viking sent back the first pictures from Mars, and we all gasped...

Vol. 12 • April 1980 • No. 2


 
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