Fwd: Columbia Diaster

Mike Friedman mikedf at amnh.org
Tue Feb 4 13:16:32 MST 2003

>Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 11:02:01 -0800 (PST)
>From: kenneth morgan <generalstrike2000 at yahoo.com>
>Subject: Columbia Diaster
>To: mikedf at amnh.org, b_rieux at yahoo.com
>Mike and Charles,
>Like many on the Marxmail list, I'm a former member of the SWP (US),
>'78-'81. I'm not on the Marxmail list, due to Proyect and Perez
>occassionally, waxing poetically about how we're all one big happy
>middle class family here in America. I'm afraid my angry responses,
>would cause me to appear as some sort of madman, so, best to remain
>silent. I writing to both of you, on an entirely different matter.
>I was looking at some of the comments on Marxmail on the Columbia
>diaster. While I don't subscribe to the theory, "the astronauts got
>what they had coming" line of thought, Perez goes too far the other
>way.By that, I don't mean, feeling sorrow at the loss of human life,
>but rather how he discounts any motive of military advantage by the
>US.  I was listening to some comments by Michio Kaku, a Physicist,
>and political leftist, yesterday on KPFA radio (alternative radio),
>out of Berkeley, CA. While he was respectful toward those killed, he
>makes some interesting points:
>1. First off the whole space program, was fueled mainly by the Cold
>War, to one-up the Soviets
>2. Scientists wanted cameras to be able to observe the bottom and
>rear of the spacecraft, for the benefit of the crew
>3. The government oppossed this, because of added weight
>4. The scientific community favored smaller crafts, with a crew of
>2, which even with added weight, would way far less than a 7-person
>5. We were lucky that this craft wasn't nuclear powered, as the ones
>for the fututre are being planned.
> I was hoping these comments would be updated on Kaku's website, but
>aren't.    Ken Morgan, San Francisco, CA
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Michael Friedman
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City University of New York

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