PETTY PONDERING - NASA'S EYE BIGGER THAN BELLY

(10/31/2003)

By Teresa Starcher

I recall when I was a child after having eaten a large meal for such a small child. I still requested a generous helping of desert. To which my mother would reply,” No, your eyes are bigger than your belly”. Needless to say, I was one perplexed child at the time. Yet, now much older, I fully understand what an apt description of the situation my mother had used. She knew that I had had an adequate amount to meet my needs, yet the sight and expectation of the desert was more relevant to me than the actuality of me being able to contain it. If she would have given me the amount that I had requested, I would have either wasted the greater portion or made myself sick from overeating, so neither would have been to my advantage.

I have carefully thought it over and I feel that NASA should definitely take some advise from my mother. Actually NASA would benefit all of us if it were to take heed of mother’s adage. Perhaps I’m missing something but I fail to understand NASA’s desire to explore Mars not to mention their spacecraft named Stardust or program called Deep Impact. The latter two, I believe would fall more aptly under the adage of being” too big for your britches”.

The success of Stardust is very iffy. If its trajectory of return, in January 2006, into the atmosphere, should have error greater than eight-hundredths of an angular degree it will burn up. With Deep Impact they plan to shoot a hole into a comet with a sort of 820-pound bullet made of copper and aluminum. Now, to me, that seems too much like trying for a kill shot, on a groundhog, with a .22 solid point, 36-grain bullet at around a 100 yards. But then I’m a dumb hill hick so what do I know.

Why NASA is going to such expense is beyond me. Since it is dubbed the “Red Planet.” Is it pretty to the eyes or seems to resemble earth? Good grief! It’s below freezing, 95% carbon dioxide and it hasn’t rained there in three billion years. This is not conductive to an ideal vacation spot.

Also there is a theory that pieces of Martian rock landed on Earth, bringing the chemical building blocks of life. Spare me! How can this be good for mankind? I for one would rather see these monies put into medical research, sheltering the homeless and a host of other causes addressed to benefit mankind. Especially the issue of world hunger.Every mother should have enough food for her children to be able to admonish them in the same as we were blessed to be.

Now ya see what I’m tryin to show ya something?


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