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A People's Space Movement

A people’s space movement
Let us put forth an aggressive agenda to dramatically increase the number of everyday people going into space so that we can at last take on the challenge of becoming a true spacefaring world.
In 1969 we sent men to the moon with ancient technology. Today we have vastly more advanced computers and vastly more advanced composite materials, vastly more advanced rockets. Access to space does not need to be so damned expensive. It has been so only due to the short-sighted greed of the aerospace industry. Yes, space has its dangers, but so too has air travel. Yes, people have died in spaceflight but, so too have people died on every highway in the country. Have we stopped the automobile? No we have not. We continued on and that we must do in space. We should continue onward and upward... to the moon... to the edge of the solar system... to the nearest stars.
We should open our eyes and hearts and minds and take our time and resources to forge boldly toward the high frontier. Let us create a space industry investment pool to pay the bills, let us tell congress to support expanding space initiatives or we will vote them out, let us create a High Frontier University to teach the youngest and the brightest that there are great dreams worth living and dying for... but we will not die. If we have vision and if we have courage, we will flourish. If we do not move more of us on the fantastic adventure of life in space we will follow the path of the dinosaurs. We will fade and slowly wither away. But that is not what humanity was meant to do. We were meant not to just look but to go beyond the next mountain, to climb ever higher, to bequeath to our children and theirs a destiny beyond measure.
Let us not bemoan the negative; any expert can tell you why it will not work. All impossible things were impossible until someone found a way. The universe is our playground... We belong to the universe and the universe belongs to us. Your ideas are welcome as is your support.

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  • Jul 9 2013: Lets think for a moment... Imagine what the world would be like today if we hadn't stopped going to the moon in 1972. Imagine if NASA had launched just 2 moon landings a year since then. By now we would have had at a minimum, 124 men and women having walked on the lunar surface. And we would have gotten better and better at it. We would have developed bigger ships with longer staying times on the moon. We would have had outposts set up which would have lead to colonies and even cities. Some might grumble..."There was no reason to keep going to the moon. We collected enough moon rocks and besides we had other problems to spend our tax dollars on, other problems like the Vietnam War and... and ... and the war on drugs... and that pesky unemployment problem." Well to them I say, while the Vietnam war ran it's course, how successful have we been at solving those other problems? We still have the drug problem (It's worse) We still have rampant unemployment (it too is worse) Is our world a better place today for having stopped going to the moon? I must alas shake my head no in pity.

    Now let us imagine what life on earth would be like if we were able to leave the planet at prices you can afford. Life would become an adventure...As Neil DeGrasse Tyson has often said, "Space Flight Makes Heroes!" We could have a world in which headlines speak of good news from the dark side of the moon; the inventions, the discoveries, all manner of cures for human ills. With enough medical progress, human longevity measured in dozens of decades or even longer become possible. And talk about jobs!Imagine the floodgates to prosperity kicked open and all the nations of the world joining hands to make it happen. Humanity unified... Brotherhood... new industries for solving old problems. Imagine negative rates of unemployment... We could have more jobs than we have people. Those who invest now can become the first multi-trillionares. So, let us dream big, start small maybe, but dream big.

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