1998 — Construction begins on the International Space Station, the largest most complex satellite ever placed in orbit.
2010 — The ISS is completed after more than a decade of effort and upwards of a $100,000,000,000 spent during construction.
OK…I’m all for space exploration. Those of you who have followed Ragebot (and Blognonymous before it) are aware of my fondness for the Mars Rovers, my awe over the achievements of the Cassini/Hyuegens mission. But this…! They’re going to just shut it down and burn it up? Gods! What a f*cking waste!
Perhaps it’s time we stop spending money when we lack the commitment necessary to realizing something positive from our endeavors.