Writing about the long-distance controllers NASA's various robotic probes, George Will notes that
people here know that all their marvels -- JPL's deep-space control center is monitoring 35 space ventures -- are performed against a backdrop of deepening public indifference.
That's as good as argument as any in favor of manned space exploration.
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