My concern was and is the relaying of science to the public. Since the
US space program is supported by the government and taxpayer dollars -
and many of them have poor science backgrounds - the easier they can
be made to understand the significance of spending billions to send
spaceships to distant worlds, the better for science.
Too many people (and I have run into more than my share) think that
all that money spent on space is wasted and should be used to help the
people on Earth. They don't realize or care how relatively little NASA
gets from the government pie. Most other agencies would go through
NASA's annual budget in months.
To keep this on topic, imagine how the average person would and will
likely react to that image of the little planetoid from New Horizons. To
us it is an amazing accomplishment, but to them they'll look at that
fuzzy little blob and say "How many millions did we spend for THAT?!"
I can recall "getting" the true size of Olympus Mons shortly after its
true nature was revealed by Mariner 9 when they compared it to a
map of Arizona, and the darn thing covered the whole state!http://tes.asu.edu/EDUCATION/activities/95...arth_diags.html