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Comment Re:Does anybody at NASA have a MEMORY? (Score 1) 193

It's true that NASA shouldn't be firing astronauts off willy-nilly without proper regard for their safety, but the bottom line is that exploring space is a dangerous business and will probably remain that way for quite some time. If we start balking at every tiny possible threat then I don't see how we are ever going to reach the increasingly distant dream - many would argue necessity - of eventually getting off this rock.

Part of the problem is that when the last shuttle blew up the media seemed all too happy to blame NASA and fuel the public's fears regarding the dangers of space travel, rather than just reflect on the heroic and dangerous but still neccesary nature of exploration. The astronauts know it's a risky business. Obviously there is a line, and the last shuttle disaster might have crossed it (engineers warning of serious problems beforehand), but it's depressing to think that we won't allow people to take a risk for the sake of exploration anymore.

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