Benjamin Studebaker

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Tag: NASA

How Big Government Discovered America

In the 15th century, when Christopher Columbus needed money to make his voyage to the Americas, he approached several heads of state. He came to the John II of Portugal, to the doges of Genoa and Venice, to Henry VIII in England, all of whom declined to fund his grandiose and zany project. Finally, he went to Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Spain. Their ministers, like the ministers in the previous nations, deemed the voyage impractical, too costly, too foolish. A bad investment. All the same, the Spanish monarchs decided to appoint Columbus Admiral of the Seas and dumped a pile of state investment upon him. And so, from the bosom of state largesse, the discovery of America began.

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Space Age Stimulus

Over the last few months, a few things have happened that have put space exploration on my mind:

  • Newt Gingrich proposed a lunar colony
  • NASA sent a new rover to Mars
  • Neil Armstrong died

As a result, space exploration’s political implications are the topic of today’s post.

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