Personally I think it will have catastrophic consequences in our ability to explore space and the spin-offs we get from space technology[.]
And here’s Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon:
I think America has a responsibility to maintain its leadership in technology and its moral leadership… to seek knowledge. Curiosity’s the essence of human existence.
In the last decade, we’ve been the only country to successfully land a robotic probe on Mars. We landed three, and two rovers that were supposed to last 90 days are still working after six years.
We have two major space telescopes in orbit (Hubble and Chandra), and we’ve contributed most of the instrumentation to the another big orbiting observatory (Herschel). We’ll soon launch a space telescope that has a mirror so big (8 times the light-gathering capacity of Hubble’s) that it will unfold in space.
If that’s a catastrophe, put me down for season tickets to this apocalypse.
To his credit, Neil Armstrong was at the same conference as Cernan and Lovell and, as usual, kept his mouth shut.