The New York Times ran a New Year’s Eve profile of NASA Director Dr. S. Allen Stern. This is hardly surprising, of course, to anyone who knows that news outlets save science features for holidays, when no one reads the paper anyway.
In any case, the hallmark of Dr. Stern’s eight-month-old tenure at NASA is denial (if not rollback) of cost over-runs. Dr. Stern thinks the “that was then, this is now” cost over-run rationale is not acceptable from scientists and engineers, who should be able to add these factors into original budgets and timetables. To some this would indicate Dr. Stern’s shocking lack of experience in the political sphere.
The very word “sphere” will have to leave the NASA vocabulary if Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) becomes president. A life-long Biblical literalist, Rev. Huckabee spent some weeks at a NASA Youth Space Camp. Personally, I did not know there was a Flat Earth Space Camp, but there you have it.
In some ways, a Huckabee victory would make Dr. Stern’s administrative job a lot easier. Under President Huckabee, future NASA space projects could stop producing those fraudulent and expensive “take off,” “landing,” “orbital,” and “space flight” videos and photos. While this would depress the computer-animation industry, it would save enough money for economical construction of the Flat Earth Space Observatory (FESO), a large tower from which scientists might observe the stars and planets as they circle the Earth, as they have done for all the 6,000 years of Biblical history.
Build your own Family Values Flat-Earth “Globe.”
Edge of the World graphic from Ventnorblog.
Tower of Babel, by Father Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680).