[Editor's note: an earlier version of this entry attributed the comments below to Burt Rutan, when in fact they were spoken by Dick Rutan, Burt's brother. I apologize for the error.]
Dick Rutan, appearing at the Camarillo Air Show last weekend in southern California, had a few contentious things to say about NASA, according to an article in a local community newspaper, The Acorn:
Rutan took time to comment on last week’s resignation of three NASA advisers who were asked to step down because they disagreed with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin’s plans for a manned flight to Mars and the return of humans to the moon.
“They’re using four-decadesold equipment to go and do something that we’ve already done,” Rutman [sic] said. “The American people should be ashamed of themselves for even supporting such a worthless endeavor. Mars is a dead planet. There’s nothing there of any interest. We need to find something where there is true exploration.”
I don’t think Rutan will be getting an invitation to next year’s Mars Society conference…