NASA has released a free app for the iPhone that offers dynamically updated information, images, and video from many of its ongoing missions. NASA seems to be suffering through a confused decade in which it wonders what vehicle should replace its aging shuttle fleet, whether to dump the International Space Station into the ocean to save money, whether to go back to the moon, or whether Mars might be a suitable destination for a manned visit.
I think it’s probably safe to say that NASA is learning an enormous amount through its telescopes, satellites and rovers. I suspect that very little is really learned from sending three or four humans to the moon other than how to keep three or four humans alive on the moon for a few weeks. Perhaps NASA should just relax a little and stop worrying about making people interested in what it’s doing. Perhaps they should just worry about collecting information.