The Right Coast

March 09, 2004
Hubble space telescope
By Tom Smith

Big government spends a lot of money on big science and I bet of lot of it is wasted. But every once in a while, if only by virtue of the law of large numbers, they construct a magnificent instrument that actually changes our view of the universe. Then it decides, what, this is working too well? Not as politically sexy as sending hunky astro boys and girls to Mars? Sending teachers into low earth orbit? I hope they keep the Hubble working.