Science: Utter Bilge?

When bluff, outspoken Australian Astronomer Richard van der Riet Woolley, 49, stepped off his plane at London Airport last week to take over his duties as Britain's new Astronomer Royal, he promptly let fly with some observations that shook space enthusiasts to their dedicated core. Gruffed Woolley, in response to reporters' questions about the prospects for interplanetary travel: "It's utter bilge. I don't think anybody will ever put up enough money to do such a thing . . . What good would it do us? If we spent the same amount of money on...

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