Saturday, March 25, 2006

Getting stoned on Mars



'There was a bit of surprise a few weeks ago when word leaked out that NASA’s exploration plans were the subject of a lengthy article in, of all places, Rolling Stone magazine. It actually shouldn’t be that unexpected: while Rolling Stone is best known for its coverage of entertainment in general and the music business in particular (pop star and “comeback diva” Mariah Carey graced the cover of issue #994), the magazine has built up a reputation for doing in-depth journalism on a vast array of topics. In this case Rolling Stone devoted over 6,000 words, spread out over several oversized pages in dense, small type, to the article “Mars or Bust”. After reading the article, though, space advocates or those simply familiar with NASA’s plans might have wished the magazine had instead expanded its coverage of Ms. Carey...' More

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