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For the first time in nearly ten years, someone at NASA has questioned the legality of this Web page , the support others voluntarily wanted to give to it, and threatened review by NASA's "General Counsel." This, despite the fact that numerous NASA employees over the years, including one responsible for the NASA Web site, expressed no concerns whatsoever. Ever.
Frankly, my interest in NASA extends back to when I was a child and regularly received "NASA Facts" in the 1950's. Then NASA was an agency that sparked dreams.
So, if you are still interested in NASA, do a search and find what is offered elsewhere. Until recently I would have been saddened by having to say that, but I'm not. NASA is an agency in decline, a decline that has undermined its public support and my lifelong interest with it. Now it is an agency so petty and lost that it has time to turn its attention here, one of billions of pages on the Internet. It's no wonder that its future funding is under severe scrutiny.
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Point 1 and 2 are pretty much the same, so you lose a point here.
Economics for the sake of science and education is not really a factor, Public and Private educational institutions could contribute to the cost as the cost to getting it up in space is really kind of mute, the technology is already up there, nasa gets live video feed of everything I'm asking about, in fact.... there were live cams fed from NASA that were pulled. The difference is we get little edits and filtered data compared to what's actually coming down with the signal.
Point 3 - I don't know where you get your data of who would pay attention to something like this is but I can assure you from the research I've done there's a LOT of people asking the same questions I am. There are lots and lots of schools in this country.
Point 4 - National Security? Uh you do reallize that there are thousand, maybe millions of satellites up orbiting our earth? Some are United States, some are not, the majority of the satellites are ours. Also, Imaging satellites that can zoom all the way down to your house is *ahem* more of an issue with national security sense not only do you get a nice clear closeup picture, you get the exact co-ordinates a la Google Earth. (Not trying to bring Google into this).