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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: 2) by c0lo on Monday November 19 2018, @06:07AM (1 child)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 19 2018, @06:07AM (#763806) Journal

    Enceladus may be less sexy, but she's intriguing!

    Enceladus is a masculine name - not remotely sexy or intriguing to me'; even less considering the original Enceladus was a giant [] (if you want the full gory details, he was "the offspring of Gaia, born from the blood that fell when Uranus was castrated by their son Cronus". Still sexy for you?).

    If were looking for a feminine name? Maybe... Enchilada?


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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday November 19 2018, @07:16AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 19 2018, @07:16AM (#763811) Journal

    Mmmmm - point taken, but even so, some names are more intriguing and/or more sexy than others. A good for instance is Steven, or Stefan. Same name, really, same roots, but Steven sounds manly, and Stefan sounds - uhhhhhh - not feminine, but less manly at least. But, then, we're back to "Beauty is in the ear of the beholder." Chicks seem to go for Stefan at least as often as they go for a Steven.