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For Joe Public, the Hubble pictures are the only part of the project they can enjoy.

Remember the one about how trying to justify NASA's space program on the fact that non-stick frying pans came out of it is hugely unambitious.

It would have been ridiculous to sell the Hubble project to Joe Public because "in addition, you'll get pretty pictures" because you could have answered "we can get pretty pictures for $20k, why fund a multimillion dollar space telescope?". The same thing goes for an ex-post facto justification of why the Hubble was a great thing.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 at 03:58:32 PM EST
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