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posted by Fnord666 on Monday November 19 2018, @12:09AM   Printer-friendly
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The Planetary Society reports:

Representative John Culberson, an 8-term Texas Republican and staunch supporter of NASA and planetary exploration, lost his re-election bid to Democrat Lizzie Fletcher last week. Many factors played into this outcome, but one bears consideration by space advocates: his support for the scientific search for life at Europa was seen as a weakness and attacked accordingly.

Over the past four years, Culberson used his chairmanship of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations subcommittee to increase spending on NASA and missions to search for life on Europa. He directed hundreds of millions of dollars to this effort and played a critical role in getting the Europa Clipper mission officially adopted by NASA and the White House. And he did this without cannibalizing other NASA programs. His motivation was passion, not parochialism, as the prime benefactor of these federal dollars was California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, located far outside his Houston-area congressional district.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @12:44AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @12:44AM (#763695)

    How come the video of the add is unlisted and as such can not be found using google or youtube search?

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Monday November 19 2018, @01:31AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Monday November 19 2018, @01:31AM (#763713) Homepage

    The Democrats have been caught stealing elections, and now the RICO prosecutions will commence. The Democrats have not forgotten the bitter defeat of Slick Willie at the hands of Kenneth Starr's kangaroo-court, and have since then adopted Morroccan-tier sportsmanship. What the Democrats defending Slick Willie didn't know, though, was that he was a de-facto agent of China.

    Those complicit in the tech industry will be spared...for now...since they have obvious bias but also plausible deniability.