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  •  What's the point? (2+ / 0-)
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    divitius, Dirtandiron

    What's the point of saying anything? All that happens is the public interest is piqued then let down. The people who really care about this stuff will be able to follow it without press conferences.

    I am not saying the scientific examination isn't worthwhile--it is worthwhile!--but this does little to raise public excitement for space science. Call us when you actually know if you've found something.

    •  I'm not a scientist; in fact, I had to beg to pass (9+ / 0-)

      chemistry.

      But this interests me.  Just because I'm not capable of understanding it on a scientist's level doesn't mean that reading and learning doesn't interest me, and I suspect a lot of people feel this way; when these missions launch and land, NASA's public image is heightened a lot with greater web traffic and more news, showing that I think it does interest people.  Now I'm not capable of taking this information and synthesizing it into new ideas, but I do love reading about it.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:11:35 PM PST

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      •  I got... (0+ / 0-)

        ...a B+ in HS Chemistry. Took astronomy as my required science courses in college.

        I suspect the people who do feel the way you do, don't need a big press conference to know this is happening.

        I think most people will hear this and think "That's it? You spent all that money and you say there is going to be a big announcement and it's nothing?"

        Basically my position is that this does more harm than good.

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