Not so sure this is a good idea, But who is there to stop them? 330 million dollars sems like a lot of money to waste tapping Comets.
Hey, it's only government money - there's an unlimited stream of it and no one has to pay it back! Merry Christmas!
Hmm. . .
Well. . . at least it's exploratory science. Research ALWAYS ends up paying off, in the long run. After all, what would you rather spend it on: Engineers, hardware, and technology. . .or more self-esteem workshops for unwed teenage mothers ???
BTW, you TOTALLY missed the gratuitous cheesy movie reference. . .