Each pair of bodies in the Solar System has five Lagrangian points between them. (Space.com has a good review of our Solar System’s Lagrangian points. Search the site for “LaGrange Points.” Also see NASA Earth Observatory, EarthObservatory.nasa.gov.)
Seeing the overall mission as one of conquering and then escaping the Gravity Well lets us focus also on the need to settle as well as explore. It is this connection that makes this investment so practically valuable for everyday citizens.
I was talking to a friend about America’s civil space program recently, telling all about its benefits to the economy, STEM, and America’s standing in the world. Just as I was winding up, he interrupted me.
“What if you were king of America? For a whole decade. What exactly would you do with space?”