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new planets/nasa/this just kills me...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 14, 2002 9:28 AM

what small minded people are these?

"Just a decade ago, the concept of other stars having planets was 'in the realm of science fiction,' noted Anne Kinney, director of NASA ( news - web sites)'s astronomy division."

am i just reading this wrong, or is is that i've grown up in the 80s and 90s (i'm 30), or just with an open mind? i'm taking this to say that the director of nasa's astro division thought it unlikely (10 years ago) that there were other stars with planetary systems. only ~90 (extrasolar planets) have been found since then, but...come on! this strikes me as a "dark ages" comment...

is it just me?
bad choice of wordsmr_spin
Jun 14, 2002 9:51 AM
Who knew NASA even had an astronomy division? Usually they contract that out, primarily to JPL in Pasadena. As a result, I'm not sure if the best and brightest work for NASA anymore. Certainly not on the astronomy side. They've got the spaceflight thing down, but everything else is secondary. So this kind of statement isn't surprising. It's a typical modern-day, short attention span, dumbed-down statement.

By the way, one of the leaders in finding planets is the Lick Observatory on top of Mt. Hamilton, which lies 4200 feet above San Jose. It's a classic and spectacular climb for local cyclists, about 5000 feet over 20 miles. How do you get 5000 feet from a 4200 foot mountain? Simple. The road actually goes down in a couple of places.
re: new planets/nasa/this just kills me...bikedodger
Jun 14, 2002 11:47 AM
I believe she was mis-identified. She must be the director of the Astrology division.

NASA -Never A Straight Answerjose_Tex_mex
Jun 14, 2002 5:04 PM
Another famous NASA comment camre more recently when the latest director was asked about a trip to Mars, he said - "I just don't see the point." What a visionary. Might as well have said - hey, can I return a couple hundred million dollars? We won't be needing it.