UPDATE: Early Warning, a month late.
UPDATE: "We're used to a space program that pursues advancement without regard to advantage. The NASA that now hopes to impress us with a new space capsule and fresh ambitions has a hard sell ahead of it -- any space program more concerned with fulfilling garbage duty at the international space station than with putting an American on Mars has bigger problems than faulty foam." (Poulos, "Ego Tripping At The Gates Of HEL")
Asked Tuesday whether the shuttle had been a mistake, Griffin said, "My opinion is that it was.... It was a design which was extremely aggressive and just barely possible." Asked whether the space station had been a mistake, he said, "Had the decision been mine, we would not have built the space station we're building in the orbit we're building it in." (NASA Chief Michael Griffin, USA TODAY)
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The Pentagon has already given up on previous late-'90s projects -- among them, a weapon that summons vermin to swarm the enemy, an agent with the power to inflict profound halitosis, and a battlefield aphrodisiac designed to incapacitate (and demoralize) foes by making them helplessly mutually attractive. But military planners, moving on in their wisdom to the seemingly traditional goal of shooting one's adversaries, have set their hearts on ray guns.
Bullets, it seems, are so 20th century.
"Ego Tripping At The Gates Of HEL" at the American Spectator.