Newtonian Permissiveness Decried

NASA Denies Funding for Key Satellite, Washington Post. 7/19/04
NASA is allowing a highly successful satellite to fall out of Earth’s orbit by refusing to fund it….NASA…did not order a planned firing of its rockets…to hold the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite in orbit….Without periodic assists from its thrusters, atmospheric drag will send the satellite’s remains to a watery grave in six to nine months…
Administration officials reportedly criticized the satellite for yielding to the pull of gravity, recommending a firm commitment to abstinence to maintain itself in orbit.