No Moon, Please
A New York Times article on India’s successful launch of the Chandrayana-1 begins thus:
India launched its first unmanned spacecraft to orbit the moon early Wednesday, part of an effort to assert its power in space and claim some of the business opportunities there.
Indeed, if it had been the US or the EU, the launch of a moon mission would have been for the greater good of the human kind. But India? What’s it doing claiming some of the business opportunity out there? Stay away please, it’s the property of us Americans and Europeans.
The article ends quoting Bharat Karnad, a Professor and Author, as saying:
“It is kind of a prestige project the government has gotten into,”…“This is misuse of resources that this country can ill afford at this point.”
A little search on the Internet reveals that while Prof. Karnad thinks of the moon mission as a waste of money and India’s attempt to match China, he was critical of the Indian government for not carrying out more nuclear tests.
“I have said that if we don’t test more, not only are we going to be no match for the Chinese, but we will find it difficult to match even the Pakistanis when it comes to deployable arms.”
Indeed, why waste money blasting rockets to the moon when you can use it to blast nuclear bombs here on earth? Makes sense, no? Err…OK.