Dubya on Mars

Mars is – besides a planet and a snack – the god of war, so I guess it’s an inevitability that it would be George W. Bush who’d become the US president wanting to make his mark on the planet and in history. A unique thing happened however: I almost entirely agreed with what he was saying.
From CNN:

“the desire to explore and understand is part of our character”
“The vision I’ve outlined today is a journey, not a race, and I call on other nations to join us on this journey, in the spirit of cooperation and friendship.”
“Along this journey, we’ll make many technological breakthroughs. We don’t know yet what those breakthroughs will be, but we can be certain they’ll come.”
“The human thirst for knowledge ultimately cannot be satisfied by even the most vivid pictures or the most detailed measurements. We need to see and examine and touch for ourselves, and only human beings are capable of adapting to the inevitable uncertainties posed by space travel.”

He’s sounding a bit like Jean-Luc Picard, I know, but still, I’m a sucker for space exploration stuff, so I like to hear this.

I said I almost agreed:

“We do not know where this journey will end, yet we know this—human beings are headed into the cosmos. Mankind is drawn to the heavens for the same reason we were once drawn into unknown lands and across the open sea. We choose to explore space because doing so improves our lives and lifts our national spirit.”

This is bollocks of course; the correct answer is: “we choose to explore space because it is there”.


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