Top 10 Everything of 2012

Top 10 Everything of 2012

In 55 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad of the past 12 months.

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cuace555
cuace555

I remember writing a paper in my Space Policy class at the University of Colorado and arguing my point that space science could be significantly advanced if government (ie. defense department,NASA) agencies cooperated on technological advances. I seem to recall citing a piece from Eric Chaisson's "The Hubble Wars" where NASA unveiled the Hubble Space Telescope.  Present was a someone from the military who examined the instrument and was impressed that NASA had caught up a bit in the space telescope realm ... knowing full well he already had several Hubble-class instruments already in space looking down at the Earth. Billions of dollars were spent developing HST and all along the military had the technology. Classic case of government waste. Who knows how those billions could've been spent if only there were inter-agency cooperation.

FranklinPaine
FranklinPaine

A couple of quibbles with an otherwise fascinating article. 1) Calling the Alpha Centauri planet "Earthlike" connotes a world with an atmosphere and oceans like our own. But since the planet is so close to its star, an Earth-type environment is highly unlikely. "Earth-sized" might be a better description. 2) The Dawn headline should read "Dawn Heads Off ..." rather than "Dawn Geads Off." But it's good to see all of this year's accomplishments recognized together. 2012 could well be a far more significant year for space science than we realize now.