NASA’s calling Houston

NASA: Houston? We have a problem. Obama’s transition team wants to know what we’re doing with our $17.3 billion budget.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m a huge fan of research and scientific progress. I understand how painful it is to need to work through the bureaucracy to get necessary funds. But at the same time, research should be justified. Learning, for instance, the exact behavior of every particle in a glass of water and it’s interaction with a pollen grain causing apparently random motion (Brownian Motion) is a waste of time. This is part of why quantum theory was developed.

But if NASA, led by Mike Griffin, isn’t willing to share what its doing with the incoming governmental leadership, that suggests they’re wasting time and money. Either that or they have a classified weapons program (a Star Wars type thing perhaps), but which is more likely?

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