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[i]I don't want the reason to fund our space program to be so that we can deflect an asteroid, because once we inventory them all and we find out that the next one that needs deflecting is in a hundred years, the funding goes away... it will quadruple NASA's funding and then we get a better measurement of the asteroid and we find out it's not going to hit us and all of the funding dries up just as it did after we landed on the moon.
That is the wrong starter motivation to get a healthy space program. It'll work, but it will be a one-off. I don't want a one off. The problem is the data on asteroids is on time scales longer than the re-election time of our representatives.
Eighty eight percent of Congress runs for re-election every two years... and I say an asteroid is going to come in a hundred years? Well, I'm not going there. It'll work... when the time comes. Fine.
But ya know it might not work because if we don't do space between now and then, it might too late to start a new space program to make that happen. And ya know what if we go extinct by an asteroid yet had a space program available to us to have deflected it, we would be the laughing stock of aliens in the galaxy![/i]
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