You may have some contempt for those "Luddites", but that's nothing compared to their contempt for the people who decided it was okay to put 72 pounds (not the "six or seven" pounds you erroneously mentioned) of the deadliest substance known to man atop a rocket that has been known to blow up on occasion.
Pardon me if I think that wasn't the brightest move NASA ever made. I don't think that makes me a "Luddite".
True, the post-launch Earth flyby wasn't as dangerous as the launch itself, but it was still worrisome. NASA changed the figures for just how close the probe was supposed to come to the Earth several times. That, combined with recent crash of a Mars probe, didn't exactly inspire people's confidence. I think those "Luddites" were right to be concerned.posted by Potsy at 3:28 PM on January 1, 2001
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