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posted by Fnord666 on Monday November 19 2018, @12:09AM   Printer-friendly
from the science-of-politics-and-politics-of-science dept.

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, Flamebait) by aristarchus on Monday November 19 2018, @12:49AM (3 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Monday November 19 2018, @12:49AM (#763698) Journal

    So, he's kinda like the Jordan Peterson of Space Science, only a bit less with the "all beef" diet? [theatlantic.com]

    You wiley anti-reason devouror of carrion and alt-Republican, some Mightly Brissard.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @07:10AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @07:10AM (#763810)

    Wow, so much crap can be written because somebody sick said she feels better when after eating beef and her father decided to do the same. Btw, he has a lot of good things to say for people like you aristarchus.

    • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Monday November 19 2018, @07:41AM

      by aristarchus (2645) on Monday November 19 2018, @07:41AM (#763815) Journal

      Feels better? The man is a charlatan, besides being a psychologist! This has all the markings of critical thinking that back up gluten-free diets and vaccinations causing autism! Science, my dear and less-than-optimally-functioning AC, science and philosophy are the way to truth, not anecdote and Youtube likes.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @05:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 19 2018, @05:51PM (#763945)

    If i am not mistaken TMB was being critical of the guy and mocking users for their paartisanship.