Seems the Bush Administration is still trying to kill science. After all, Christian Funamentalists would have a coniption if we found other worlds capable of supporting life. What happens to their God then?
The two points that support my argument are these:
• Delayed indefinitely – the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF), a mission to detect and study Earth-like planets
• Delayed by about three years – the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), designed to map stars with unprecedented accuracy and search for planets slightly larger than Earth will now launch no earlier than 2015
I do hope that there is still work going on with regard to propulsion. We need to get as close to the speed of light as possible. My greatest disappointment is that we will only get to about 5% the speed of light in my lifetime.
But NASA is still funding it’s FTL group.