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Why? April 26, 2006

Posted by shubber in Uncategorized.

Space Tragic.

This is the term – so aptly used in Australia – which conveys its meaning without the need for any subsequent definition. You know if you are a space tragic.

And yet, the seemingly simple question: why? or, perhaps more elaborately:

  • why am I a “space cynic”?
  • why do i bother with the alt.space community if I am so cynical?
  • why do i feel the need to “attack” other space project ideas?
  • (the list goes on)

actually doesn’t have a simple answer.

There are a number of reasons why I’m both passionate about space and at the same time cynical about it. Those who know me, or have had the misfortune of seeing me speak at various space conferences around the world, already have a pretty good idea of my views on space development, and the seemingly unending parade of space projects that are forever being “unveiled” to the public and investor communities.

I suppose the true answer will become clearer over time as i post to this blog.

Perhaps some of you will find it of interest – many of you may disagree with some or all of what I write, which is certainly your right. And maybe some of you will benefit from the discussions and postings to this blog – either through making/changing a career choice, or perhaps rethinking an investment decision – in which case I believe i will have achieved my goal.



1. oldspacecadet - April 27, 2006

Shubber, this blog could be interesting and instructive. Although I still consider myself a space cadet, I am older and hopefully wiser these days. That wisdom came with a few stupid, but relevant, investments and increasingly critical analysis of the alt.space community.

2. Brian Dunbar - April 30, 2006

There is a place for cheerleaders and cynics. Glad to see your blog.

3. Ty Harris - December 11, 2007

I know just what you mean about being passionate about space, and at the same time being cynical about it. NASA’s multi-gazillion dollar plan to basically repeat the apollo program and get us back to the moon 50 years after we originally went there is a case study in pointless stupidity. Also, am I the one one who sees circular logic in what we are currently doing? The space shuttle exists to get us up to the space station, and the space station exists to give the shuttle someplace to go to.Is there an underlying purpose to any of this? Dont’ get me wrong, I hope very much for a human future in space, but I am becoming less and less convinced that NASA is the one to make that dream a reality. As a amateur space enthusiast, and now- reluctantly- a jaded cynic as well, I recently vented my spleen with some criticism of the space program in a long, rambling essay.I also had some suggestions as to where we should go from here. I would be interested in hearing your informed opinions on what I have to say about the whole mess. If you have a moment, please click here:


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