Re: SPACE: Is ISS a boondoggle?, was Re: SPACE: Why so much EVA on ISS?

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 11:25:49 MST

"S.J. Van Sickle" wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Mar 2001, Robert J. Bradbury wrote:
> > So one has to ask -- is the potential loss of life involved
> > in the exploration of space "overpriced"?
> Sure. Look at the humdreds of millions spent on an "assured crew return
> vehicle", so that a sick or injured astronuat could be returned within
> hours. Yet, no one squacked when the South Pole doc had cancer and was
> unable to return for six months...shoot, they all became heroes.

Cancer is a chronic condition, not something that progresses to critical
status in a matter of hours, so the situations are decidedly different
than, say, crushed bones or depressurization damage.

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