Beside the demise of the Hubble Space Telescope, you can add the end of the Voyager probe, the 28-year mission that has sent a spacecraft farther from Earth than any object ever made by humans. Both are casualties of Bush’s misguided effort to colonize the Moon and Mars, and both sacrifice good, here-and-now science for the potential of maybes and might-be’s.
Voyager, which costs only $4.2 million a year, is the only plan we have to reach the edge of our solar system. Its photographs are also “all over astronomy textbooks”, said Louis J. Lanzerotti, who last year led a Hubble study for the National Academies of Science. Both Voyagers are expected to provide usable data until 2020, when their plutonium power sources are used up.
Isn’t 4.2M/yr worth a great nation’s scientific literacy?
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
It will soon be easy for self-driving cars to hide in plain sight. We shouldn’t let them.
If they ever hit our roads for real, other drivers need to know exactly what they are.
This is the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy
The stunning image was made possible by linking eight existing radio observatories across the globe.
The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus
The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.
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