That age old question always pops out around Halloween. And, most appropriately, the Emperor announced yesterday how he will spread the treats of the lunar program around to make 10 healthy centers. Or is it a trick?
Like spreading butter on toast, the Emperor is spreading the work around the centers in what appears, on the surface, to be in equitable fashion. But, we all know that when you break up programs and spread them around wildly, the project you wanted to see succeed just becomes one more jobs program appeasing Congressfolk. Kind of like getting a fish hook in ye olde popcorn ball.
The Emperor also tipped his hand on how he is going to approach the development of the lunar lander in his hand out of treats. Specifying that the lander will be assembled at KSC, in lieu of any competition or trade studies to properly determine its assembly location, means that NASA will develop the lander in house, contracting for pieces and parts from the aerospace industry, which by then will have whithered to a small semblance of its former self. So much for being a good steward of our strategic requirements.
Tonight, when you go out trick or treating, look up. That Halloween Moon sure looks a lot further away than it did the day before yesterday.