[amsat-bb] Re: More On LADEE's Launch

Alan wa4sca at gmail.com
Sat Sep 7 08:21:13 PDT 2013


Somebody once observed that NASA had managed to make space exploration seem routine.  A compliment to
their professionalism and technical prowess, but perhaps not the best from a public relations
standpoint.  :)



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Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2013 9:51 AM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: More On LADEE's Launch

On 9/7/13, Joe <nss at mwt.net> wrote:
> It's sad the amount of interest the people of the USA has in space
> anymore. I watched the after launch press conference and there was maybe
> 10 people there thats it.

To be fair, the launch took place late on a Friday night, so people
were likely more interested in the weekend.

On the other hand, LADEE isn't going to do anything comparatively
interesting.  After all, the moon isn't Mars and isn't considered an
exotic location.  Examining dust in the lunar atmosphere?  How dull is

I remember when the Huygens probe landed on Titan, which I thought was
quite exciting.  (Talk about the "strange new worlds" mentioned in the
opening credits for each episode of "Star Trek"!)  Later that day, I
was chatting with a cashier about it and her reaction was "Huh?".  She
probably didn't know where Titan was, let alone that there were two
spacecraft in its vicinity.  Maybe Saturn, to her, was just another
brand of automobile.


Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL

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