The Prodigal Yooper returns to a bounty of email about the NASA columns

Back from a week in Michigan’s beautiful upper peninsula. I was near a sprawling metropolis called Newberry (here’s the Chamber of Commerce). I hadn’t had ‘net access for several days, and returned to a pile of email about a couple of previous columns.

My perhaps seemingly contradictory columns (one purposefully more humorous than the other) on the space program, one in the Honolulu Advertiser about the need to continue funding space exploration, and one in WorldNetDaily about providing incentives to involve the private sector, brought a bunch of emails. Here are a couple from some detractors…

This from Jack K.:

you seem to be a bit misinformed regarding the corvair and space shuttle reference. The covair was cleared by the NHTSA of all of the allegations made by mr nadar. chose something more intelligent as a comparison in the future.

i dare you to print this response.

And I dare you to properly operate the upper case button on the keyboard. That aside, the truth, or lack thereof, of Mr. Nader’s claims about the Corvair are irrelevant, since I’m referring to somebody reading the book while in the Corvair. That person wouldn’t know if it were true or not at the time of their reading, and may be somewhat nervous by reading it at that particular place and time. The fact that these things need to be explained to some is stunning.

Frankly, I hear from some people who I’m pretty sure must actually get up and answer the door every time somebody starts a “knock knock” joke.

Corbett C. says:

You say that space exploration is a worthy and necessary investment. I have a question for you. Would you invest YOUR money in it? If some company had the goal of sending an astronaut to Mars, would you invest in that company?

Probably not. If it were your money, you’d want to know things about return on investment. You’d want to know what was in it fo you. When you found out that a trip to Mars would not yield ANY return on your investment and that there was absolutely nothing in it for you, you’d look elsewhere for a place to put your money. And you’d be right to do so.

If I were super wealthy, would I “invest”? No, I wouldn’t “invest.” I would personally finance it to the hilt, however. There are many, many examples of people who have paid for fascination. Capitalism isn’t just putting money into something for a tenfold return in dollars– it’s also about the ability to feed your greed for wonder and amazement.

Yes, I really believe the money would be there. Especially with the added caveat of “if it ends up lucrative, you get to keep it” motivator.

There were many more, but the drive home in the “screaming child express” was draining, so I’ll be back in the morning.

The book will be out next week, by the way. I got the first copy today, and it looks good.

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