Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Best PR 

Because the best public relations are actions and not words, imagine the persuasive power that proponents of deep-space robots have built with the Mars rovers. NASA has just reported that the Opportunity robot, which should have been dead years ago, is now approaching a new destination 4.5 miles from where it started.

There has long been a debate within NASA over human exploration versus machines in deep space. Proponents of deep space machines continue to make a case that robots do as well, if not better, than humans for far less money. I, for one, don't understand the need to send men to Mars. The more we know about the planet, the less inviting it becomes and the more expensive a manned mission.

Perhaps it is time to realize we are isolated in this universe and deep space colonization is romantic but impractical. It is time to care of what we have and to put away dreams of other solar systems.


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