"If there's no science in this, then you won't be able to do it."
It's amazing that NASA send out rovers called "curiosity" and probes called "voyager" and yet their upper management have absolutely none of the qualities that such names embody. In fact NASA have an extremely long history of deliberately ignoring (or deliberately destroying) interesting and curious stuff.
Thank goodness the people on the ground occasionally manage to get around such closed-off and sterile opinion. And good on 'em!