HeatherN wonders whether NASA is holding itself back by putting too much emphasis on astronaut safety.
According to this interview with Dr. Robert Zubrin, NASA is putting too much importance on astronaut safety. Basically, his argument is that because it costs so much to put an astronaut into space, NASA has a responsibility to actually do something with that money. He then goes on to suggest that NASA’s policy of putting astronaut safety as the top priority is needlessly holding it back.
Would NASA do well to be less cautious with their astronauts’ lives?
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