I have been researching people who claim to “hate NASA” over the past few days and it has been quite a delightful experience. If we could only power the world by mining the Internet for stupidity, our energy problems would be immediately and permanently solved. Here is a few gems:
“…There are so many documentaries that speak about natural events that are changing and that are prooved (sic) by scientists and I hate NASA to lie us, to try to deny the reality. They are killing us !!!…Yeah yeah… keep your lies for others !!! I hate all the power you think you have just becaue (sic) you are government!!! I think YOU are destroying the planet by all your experiences… you organize tsunami and attack to eliminate people because “there are too many people on the earth” and then you want us to believe that is “natural disaster”…” – Chapi C
I don’t know what natural disasters have to do with NASA, and it’s a real shame that NASA thinks “we are stupid” (another unfounded claim in a different segment of her rant) when there is clearly detectives like Chapi out there to set the record straight and show that whoever “we” are, is NOT stupid. Here is another good one:
“because it is incapable of taking the risks nessasary (sic) to progress at a fast enough pace to keep up with the private sector.(spaceship one) Due mostly to the beaurocracy (sic),lack of vision,and lack true of direction. Any one of these shortcomings could be responsible for the non survival of the human race in the future.” - zvs31
I am glad that “zvs31″ brought up this point about the private sector because they have really caught up. Lack of vision and direction – maybe, I’ll give him that too, but I don’t think NASA not succeeding the way some nobody thinks they should is going to be the ultimate pitfall of human achievement and survival.
Andrew J. Testa claims he worked for Lockheed which is closely associated with NASA and “It is a sham, a dried up money-pit
with no purpose and no direction, flopping about like an ugly fish in the bottom of a boat.” He goes on to use some very colorful language that is inappropriate for this blog but very entertaining.
Of course, I am being biased, but I am also trying to give you something entertaining to read. There are plenty of good articles by scholars that argue NASA is wasteful, spaceflight dangerous and shuttles outdated. I have no retort except to say, it’s a government program, what on Earth (or in space) do you expect? You think the government has any incentive to tighten up and be more resourceful, especially in terms of something as apocalyptically costly as the space shuttle program where they can really get away with saying something like “Um, we’re moving 40,000 lbs of equipment into space, not including the weight of the shuttle itself, and thats not exactly cheap.”
Information Sources: http://www.akdart.com/nasa.html,
http://amplicate.com/hate/nasa – Picture credit also to amplicate.com and Facebook