It's a paradox:
Shun risk, and yet passively persist in a state of risk--howsoever
From the Seattle times . . .
"The astronauts had spent much of the day running through the
never-before-attempted repair methods, just in case they were ordered up."
While procrastination continues to dog necessary repairs for Hubble, even as
essential weather satellites are on the verge of going out of commission
with nothing on the agenda to replace them, somehow, somewhere in the
administration of the Space Program, there is deemed (in a mentality the
flavor of Fruit Loops) to be room on the Shuttle for another frivolous,
trivial, patently asinine "School Teacher in Space" mission--but no room in
the crew for a pair of crack space-ship mechanics, let alone an engineer or
two, to be on board for every mission, thoroughly trained and equipped for
just such an exigency as this, which occurred with the last Kaptain Kangaroo
and Romper Room in Space mission which ended in catastrophe--as only such a
mission is apparently destined to do.
There just seems to be a fateful kind of logic to it that is too
mathematical, too concrete, too almost cosmically lawful (let alone 'awful')
to be expressed in parabolas of words. It has nothing whatever to do with
"justice" that 1 + 1 = 2; it just flatly makes sense, as likewise so does
the observation that inanity tends toward tragedy.
When things get stupid, needless, wasteful, capricious, snotty and
slothful--well, once again from the Seattle Times . . .
"Endeavour's bottom thermal shielding was pierced by a piece of debris that
broke off the external fuel tank shortly after liftoff last week. The
debris, either foam insulation, ice or a combination of both, weighed just
one-third of an ounce but packed enough punch to carve out a 3 ½-inch-long,
2-inch-wide gouge and dig all the way through the thermal tiles. Left
exposed was a narrow 1-inch strip of feltlike fabric, the last barrier
before the shuttle's aluminum structure."
And now get a load of this . . .
"The chairman of the mission management team, John Shannon, said Johnson
Space Center's engineering group in Houston wanted to proceed with the
repairs. But everyone else, including safety officials, voted to skip them."
How on earth (or in the heavens) can this be happening again, right before
It's simple: one 'risk' is deemed superior to another--the easiest risk, the
passive, the do-nothing one, not the active one, wins the day in the Romper
Room realms of the inane at NASA.
So what *is*
the "lesson" for the children to learn from this?
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