One Small Step for a Robot, One Giant Leap for Humankind

A post on the Planetary Society Blog which I must link to.

I can't help but be a little ambivalent as I reflect on the apparent resumption of the shuttle program. Unlike many fans of robotic space exploration I do believe that human spaceflight is important, and I look forward to a day when our astronauts will get out of low Earth orbit again. However, I also believe that our robotic missions don't get enough respect in the public eye by comparison to the human spaceflight program.

It's a shame that the attention given to the current troubles of human spaceflight can't be balanced with equal attention for the glut of gorgeous dividends that our robotic explorers are giving us.

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