Pluto Mission Dead

Before going off on vacation, Congress decided to not fund the New Horizons mission to Pluto. As a space buff I'd like to see the mission fly. A 2006 launch allows the mission to use Jupiter for a gravity assist, shaving years off the travel time. There are a lot of things about Pluto that we do not know and a mission to Pluto would give us an excellent opportunity to learn a great deal about our solar system.

As a man of clear and simple morals I can not support government funding for the mission.

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I would love to get better pictures of Pluto and its moon Charon than this, but I will not ask another person to take my neighbor's things and spend it on things I like.

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Great post, David. You've

Great post, David. You've moved from being an advocate for something you're personally a fan or supporter of to sticking with a consistent position informed by a solid set of beliefs about the world.

I'm miffed that it comes

I'm miffed that it comes down to a political decision to launch a Pluto mission. I ask rhetorically "why can't the people who want it done, go do it themselves?", when I know full well that its Federal intervention that has made civilian space exploration/travel impossible. Grr.

You've moved from being an

You've moved from being an advocate for something you're personally a fan or supporter of to sticking with a consistent position...

You knew me back when I was a conservative Republican? ;-)

Brian, I think there's a

Brian, I think there's a trend away from that, but it's going to be a matter of some time before anything truly substantive happens. XCOR and the other group that's been in the news lately (name escapes me) are examples of private companies taking the lead, although they're still decades behind NASA in most areas (and their plans so far involve space tourism/near-earth orbit, AFAIK).

David, no, I was just

David,

no, I was just speaking in rhetoric, sort of. In other words, you've moved beyond it because most people are stuck in the first phase, not necessarily because you personally have made changes in your worldview.

Kevin, I figured as much,

Kevin,

I figured as much, just adding a little jest.

XCOR and the other group that's been in the news lately (name escapes me)

Scaled Composites (Burt Rutan), Armadillo Aerospace (John Carmack), Blue Origin (Jeff Bezos), or SpaceX (Elon Musk)? There are also a larger number of 'not in the news' companies working on similar projects.

Carmack? id's Carmack?

Carmack? id's Carmack? That's truly interesting. I knew he was destined for something more than an infinite series of FPSs. I've heard before that he was a hundred-millionaire.