We need to return to the view of space that Kennedy espoused: as an adventure that we lead, with meaning that we share.Read More
Another important reason to fund, and share, the adventure of human space flight is similar to what we offered Russian technologists in the Nineties: an opportunity for employment. A trained engineer or chemist without hope is ripe for work producing technology in the cause of terrorism.Read More
Let’s see if we can attach a dollar value to the international benefits of the public space program. The amount spent each year on international affairs by the federal government totals about $800 billion a year. That includes the State Department (about $50 billion), Defense ($600 billion), Energy ($24 million), and Veterans Affairs $150 billion). What if a fraction of that $800 billion went to the space program to help build our international standing?Read More
Future generations will see the decision to turn back from “the Moon as an act of sheer lunacy—one akin to the Chinese burning their world-dominating fleet of ships in the early fifteenth century.Read More
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?”Read More
Over the last 100 years, brave Americans on the battlefield and industrious Americans back home played a major role in making the world’s citizens more free, secure, and prosperous. For most of that time, most of the world viewed us as—mostly—a force for good. Now we have another battle to fight.Read More
The most common argument against a publicly funded space program is that we can’t afford it, given the government’s many other priorities. The most common answer is that space makes an excellent public investment. But if it is a good investment, why not leave space to private investors?Read More