Monday, May 11, 2009
hubble's last mission
what your tax dollars can get you when not spent on fighting a war, or propping up banks.
today is the launch of the last ever mission to service the hubble space telescope. since 1990, it has cost taxpayers some $10 billion. that amount seems high, but considering the thousands of people over the past 2 decades that have worked/are working on this project, that figure seems miniscule compared to the $2 billion per week that the war in iraq is costing...or the AIG bailout.
republicans always refer to government spending as 'wasteful', yet strangely they remain silent when it comes to the towering sums the united states spends on its military.
the hubble space telescope and the US Government (via the tax payer) has given the world the most successful scientific experiment in history.
science channel is covering the launch live, beginning at 1:30pm eastern.
so here's to the triumph of science, and the positive side of paying taxes.