Monday, December 30, 2013
Daily Mail Xmas Eve Letter On X-Prizes
The Chinese automated Moon Lander has been generally described as 40 years late.
Well it is 40 years after Apollo perhaps but NASA couldn't do it now and it seems likely that it will be of more scientific use than the Apollo landings because the lander has ground penetrating radar and it will work for several months.
Remarkably China's space budget just £320 million (or £800 million if you're guided by Euroconsult) By comparison Britain's space budget is £330 million, almost all simply handed over to ESA, whose total budget in turn is about half of the $20 billion NASA spends.
This makes China's space efforts remarkably small and remarkably successful or NASA & ESA remarkably useless which is probably more likely.
This reinforces UKIP's belief that if instead Britain's space budget were pledged as a prize in a space travel competition such as the X-Prize Foundation, we could soon become a world leader in commercial space development.
Your point about comedy is reinforced by the 28 Gate fraud - almost every department, including comedy, was represented in that "symposium" on propagandising warming.
I remember some beeboids discussing comedy and coming to the conclusion that the BBC must be actively looking for a popular "right wing" comic & not finding any. Oh if only Jim Davidson were able to draw the sort of crowds Jo Brand can ;-)