In the great story of the privatization of all Americans services industries, we tend to pay more attention to things like health care and prisons. But a bit more than a year ago, the administration began budgeting to privatize space flight: "Obama’s plan calls for funneling money to private companies that are jockeying for NASA contracts," is how that was described. And now here they are, getting their cash: six companies have gotten $30 million each, including new startup "Moon Express," which apparently wants to help people go mine the moon. They basically think they can go dig platinum out of the moon, and I feel like I have already seen this dystopia. I know that many of us have some really negative feelings about the moon but I'm pretty sure we'll miss it (and/or "tides") when it's gone.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011