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I have worked with space projects since I was 16 and participated in most Swedish space projects.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Cultural blindness?

How many of us space enthusiasts have really noticed the arrival of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa at the asteroid Itokawa? The mission that the Japanese are attempting is really something great. But this mission (it has some technical trouble that should be possible to overcome) has passed almost unnoticed by major media and even space news outlets. Why is that? Because only what NASA does matters? Or, because the Japanese do not posssess the effective PR machine that NASA has? What do you think?

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