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Nicaragua forms space agency

The new colonial movement? In what appears to be a complete surprise within its own scientific community, the government of Nicaragua today announced the formation of its own space agency.

[T]he National Assembly approved the creation of the agency for the “defence of supreme interests” in space. It will seek “to expand the country’s capacities in the educational, industrial, scientific and technological branches”, according to president Daniel Ortega´s proposal.

The article at the link provides little information about this government effort, and instead is mostly filled with commentary by other scientists expressing their opposition to it. Nor can I blame them. Unlike rich countries like the UAE, Nicaragua is one of the poorest in Latin America. It can’t afford to buy the educational resources of the United States, as the UAE did.

Moreover, it is ruled by a socialist/communist government whose ability to produce wealth is exceedingly limited. If anything, the nation’s poverty is because of that government’s top-down policies. Establishing a space agency is merely another aspect of this approach, and will likely only act to provide photo ops for its leaders and little benefit to its citizens.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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7 comments

  • Matthew from Miami

    With the internet these days I’m sure they could learn it all from youtube

  • Phill O

    Most probable scenario is it gives them an out when the Chinese launch from there and put even more pressure on the good old USA.

  • Jerry Greenwood

    True, It’s China. They have been poking around Central America for years and have a space tracking radar on the outskirts of Managua.

  • Jeff Wright

    Wasn’t that where the replacement for the Panama Canal was to be located? I thought Ortega died and FARQ hung up their arms. Coffee and coke are about all they have.

  • Jerry Greenwood

    Yes, there was a revival of the sea level canal idea and lots of hoopla surrounding the Chinese investing a bunch of money in the project but nothing ever came of it. I’m sure the Chinese spread lots of money around and made lots of friends in Nicaragua and now have their foot in the door for future endeavors. They are a patient culture and when the time is right will spring the trap.

  • Jeff Wright

    I hope they do invest there-maybe jobs will draw folks away from our boarder. Instead of a Bering Strait bridge-maybe they could gradually link the Antarctic ‘spur’ which reaches up towards the tip of South America. It will be hard due to constant winds and currents-but that makes it the one place alt energy takes place. Each platform can serve double duty as bridge supports-so trucks and trains can harvest ice. No tropical illness-and no terrorists driving on Silk Road II to Bejing. That’s gonna backfire on them. Saudi oil money needs to back this for water-and if the Greens try to stop it I will actually cheer the China soldiers as they start laying rifle butts upside some Greenpeace skulls

  • Star Bird

    Come on they need Jobs down there so they wont be coming up here Astronuats from Nicararua

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