"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
"You will find that NASA received as much in the last 16 years of its existence as in the first 16," he said. "In my judgment, we can go to the moon. We can go to Mars. We can't do them quite as quickly as we did during Apollo, but we can do it."
It seems that the "final frontier" is finally getting the attention it deserves from the current Administration (and Congress as well). The timing couldn't have been better as both Europe and Japan are planning not only reaching the lunar surface, but Mars as well. With Space Adventures launching in Japan and Russia's Mir Corp becoming operational, it won't be long until the international space race kicks into full gear and NASA (along with the private sector) will need all of the support that they can get financially as well as politically.
"If you ask anyone in this country, 'Do you believe that the United States should cede the moon to say the Chinese, Europeans, Russians, whoever?' I bet you the answer would be, 'No,'" he said. Griffin said he believes a majority of people "want to make sure that as humankind expands into space the United States is there in the forefront."
"That is why this is important," he said. "It's about where human beings go and what they do when they get there and what that means to the future of the human race."
With NASA (along with the private sector) developing new technologies such as solar sails and space elevators (not to mention a new way of creating solar panels via moon dust) it may not be long until a colony is finally established on the lunar surface. By Congress insuring that NASA is adequately funded, they are securing America's position as a dominate space power, as well as allowing the United States to reap the "first fruits" of what the solar system has to offer to mankind.
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