In preparation for the impending Mars fiasco, it seems W. has cut funding to the Hubble Space Telescope... Why do something realistic and useful with NASA money, when you can plan for something expensive, absurd, utlimately pointless, which will probably never happen anyway.
On the subject of space, how about all those movies where space aliens invade Earth to ultimately save us from our destructive folly (ala "The Day the Earth Stood Still")?
AN OPEN PLEA TO SPACE ALIENS EVERYWHERE:
Please invade before it's too late! We'll even take the "Visitors," even that would be an improvement over the current situation!