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It’s always a good thing when our leaders and the true guardians of the American way of life sound the alarms on what the real threats are to us and our security. Just this week, at a townhall in New Hampshire, Politico reports that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton named a priority in threat assessment: meteorites.
“I think we’re just at the beginning of trying to understand what is a black hole? Why is it there? What is in it? What does it mean for us? We should, on a security basis, be mapping the meteorites and the meteors and all the other things that people — asteroids — that people worry about,” she added.
This statement came after a lengthy soliloquy extolling the virtues of the Human Genome Project launched while her consort, Bill Clinton, was president. After all, a lot of jobs were created, and to use her words, many millions of dollars were generated for the economy. (What Bill Clinton had to do with mapping the genome is not entirely clear, but whatever.) Where the black hole is that contains all of her emails…yeah, that’s another story. To give us an idea of where Hillary would like to direct resources, though, she added this:
“There’s just a lot for us to keep learning,” Clinton said. “I think it’s a good investment.”
So do the people at NASA, which is why they have been actively charting the presence of meteorites and other heavenly bodies throughout the cosmos and their trajectories for decades. It’s called the Near Earth Object Program. After all, the earth has been hit by a few over the course of a few billion years. One time, according one of the prevailing theories, one such projectile killed all the dinosaurs. Then, there’s these craters that pock the surface of the planet…. Hillary, honey, tracking meteorites is already covered.
However, that didn’t actually answer the original question posed to Mrs. Clinton that was along the lines of the future of space exploration and government funding for it.
Clinton told [the gentleman who posed the question] that he was “talking to someone who wanted to be an astronaut.”
“When I was a little girl, I guess I was a teenager by then … 14, I think, and the space program was getting started, and I wanted to be an astronaut, and I wrote to NASA,” she recounted.
“And I said, ‘What do I have to do to be prepared to be an astronaut?’ And they wrote back and said, ‘Thank you very much, but we’re not taking girls,’” she remembered. “That, thankfully changed with Sally Ride and a lot of the other great women astronauts,” she said.
But “to be fair,” she added, “I never could have qualified anyway, so you know, not something I spent a lot of time losing sleep over, but I really, really do support the space program.”
Well, THAT’s good to know now that women are allowed in the space program (even if Sally Ride was not the most gracious or accomplished of them. Try Shannon Lucid for that honor), but still doesn’t answer the question of the future of space exploration. At this time, given budget cuts, the future is in doubt. It would be horribly sad to surrender the space race right after surrendering to Iran.
And by the way, Hillary, hate to tell you this, but even after women were accepted at NASA, they weren’t sending up lawyers. They just don’t have the right stuff. Neither do you. (And, yeah, this writer being a defense aircraft brat has actually met test pilots who became astronauts. THEY had the right stuff. )