|Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 1):|
Sorry, but comments like this disqualify the guy completely.
Dr. Park has never seen a manned space program he didn't despise, so it should come as no surprise whatsoever that he uses every opportunity to bash manned spaceflight, even supporting a politically-motivated, scientifically dubious project like Triana to do so.
Triana was 100% political horse manure, fast tracked through a reluctant NASA by Vice President Gore (hence the nickname Goresat) and bypassing the usual peer review (versus other worthy science missions) to get funding. Even for Washington, D.C., the Goresat affair was jaw-droppingly brazen politics before a fast-approaching Presidential Election.
Although NASA did eventually add some real, quasi-useful science to the mission (beyond the original Earth Screen Saver camera that Gore wanted) the mission was so tainted by politics that few supporters would publicly push for it. The money that would have been wasted launching and operating Goresat can be much better spent working the bugs out of the next generation of real, useful environmental satellites (the problem-plagued NPOESS system) and getting them into orbit.