Reply To: space architecture
As regards to NASA, you should know that over there, in order to keep getting their generous government funding they simply have to ‘spend’ their budget each and every year. Otherwise they get less next year.
In the times of Apollo, NASA managed to do very productive work. But nowadays, they just fall into the same catagory as any other government funded institution.
Coming towards the end of the year, they always check the accounts to see if there is any more money left. Then if there is a few million left, they have to pull out the catalogues and frantically started ordering ‘stuff’ to make up the difference.
Whole buildings full of computers are filled doing this – only to be switched on doing absolutelly nothing, except perhaps to walk the odd site-seeing tour through.