Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Reuters report on Russian space spending confuses

The headline at Reuters reads, "Russia set to invest heavily in space industry." Okay. And then they specify that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced $7.68 billion in spending on space over the next three years.

First of all, how is $2.2 billion a year "heavy" investment in space? NASA's annual budget is eight times-that. And
Wikipedia shows this level of spending was already approved in 2006.

Also, why is Putin announcing this? Remember Russia, um, elected (?) a new president (Dmitri Medvedev). Shouldn't that guy be in charge and making announcements like this? Critics may be correct when they call Medvedev a "puppet president."

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