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OP What would NASA do with one?
I'm glad you asked.
NASA, in particular, needs a whole galaxy of MFA's, wwh.
They would put them to work lobbying elected representatives for badly needed funding, and crafting communications pieces to fire the imaginations of ordinary people who don't understand why tax dollars should be wasted on a mission to Mars.
An MFA is arguably worth far more to NASA than a dozen PHd's in astrophysics.
Without the necessary budget allocations, the Mars mission is nothing more than a pipe dream.
When McDonald's introduces a new hamburger, they sell the sizzle, not the meat. Maybe NASA has something to learn from Hamburg U.
If you want to lead, you need a vision to light the way. [At least, so it seems to me, wwh.]
It was a poet after all who originally pointed the way to the stars. Virgil, I believe*: Sic itur ad astra.
*Yes, it was Virgil.
Virgil wrote in _Aeneid_ Book 9:
Macte nova virtute, sic itur ad astra.
"Blessings on your young courage, boy; that's the way to the stars."
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