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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the Applied-SiddhÄnta dept.

Popeidol writes:

"In November, India took the next step in their space program by launching their Mangalyaan Mars orbiter. The orbiter won't arrive for a while yet, but they've managed to get some public attention for a different reason: the fact that the entire mission costs only 75 million dollars, substantially less than the budget for the hit movie 'Gravity.'

While the question of wages is bound to come up (it was only 15% of the budget of the project), I think we can all agree that bringing down the cost of interplanetary space travel to a level attainable by the ultra-rich is a good step forward."

 
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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by etherscythe on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:38PM

    by etherscythe (937) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:38PM (#1942) Journal

    The only thing the more moderate folks in India can do is push the country forward in other ways, unless you're suggesting:

    a) vigilantism
    b) full-time campaigning on this issue which may not be resolved in our lifetimes

    So, if you want to bring the country up to respectability, maybe the answer is to inspire the younger generation with something they can aspire to rather than simply carrying forward the misogynistic traditions of their tribal community.

    By contrast, we have a gun violence problem in the US. Does this mean we shut down all medical research until the gang problem is fixed? It might be that legalizing marijuana will solve problems in both camps, but no, putting restrictions on a country's respectable programs is not the way to get leverage on its societal failings - quite to the contrary I think.

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