Re: Why didn't NASA do themselves?
"They'd need politicians to agree to increase their funding, keep the funding steady and keep their noses out of it."
I was watching the Horizon episode on gravity the other night. The NASA propulsion guy said that the entire propulsion R&D (not just his blue sky part) got hammered because "some big expensive building had to be built in a certain state". The implication being that budgets get spent where the Pols want to spend it and it has to be taken from somewhere else.