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NASA planetary science budget woes

  1. Dec 9, 2013 #1

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    This is from last week (I was on vacation and then I worked like a dog to make up for the vacation):


    Nature news article on the subject: http://www.nature.com/news/nasa-funding-shuffle-alarms-planetary-scientists-1.14304
    Eric Berger on the subject: http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2013/1...netary-science-will-nasa-soon-stand-for-nada/

    NASA escaped the 2013 sequestration without trimming too much substance. This will not be the case for 2014, with the planetary sciences budget appearing to be taking the greatest hit.
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    Tough times ahead :(
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  5. Dec 9, 2013 #4
    I wish the government would take just 1% of the defense budget and put it into science. With that much money, we could colonize the sun.
  6. Dec 9, 2013 #5

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    The NSF alone has a budget about the size of 1% of Defense. That doesn't include NASA, DoE or NIH.
  7. Dec 9, 2013 #6
    Eh, honestly it's hard enough for scientists who work in areas where there should be jobs to find jobs, I find it a bit hard to sympathize with people who basically won the job lottery.

    They'll just have to find real work like everyone else now...
  8. Dec 9, 2013 #7
    What percentage of it would we need to colonize the sun?
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    Look at how much it cost just to colonize Afghanistan. Yeah we were fighting insurgents but that's probably easier than fighting the sun. Easily larger than 100% of the defense budget.
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