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Monday, December 10, 2001

NASA in Wartime

Times have changed and so has NASA. Sean O'Keefe, new appointed NASA Chief, has made clear that with the war, space has very little importance. Echoed by advisors like Robert B. Sieck, who ask, "Where does human spaceflight factor into the big picture?" it seems as if the world has given up on manned spaceflight.

But space is not just a hobby. A manned mission to Mars would open knowledge to us more than any other event in history. These discoveries would answer more questions than we can begin to ask. Later, more missions would take place, allowing for research, the gathering of resources, and the beginning of colonization. From there, our opportunities are limitless. It is then that the human race will have reached a pinnacle of success which will make it virtually limitless in conquering the stars. Our survival as a race depends on it, and our expansion of intelligence throughout the universe begins with just this simple step.

If it is the purpose of terrorism to destroy our lives, our hopes, and our future, giving up on the space program would achieve that goal. We can't end the space program, regarding it as "purposeless"; that is absurd. Most importantly, we must not stop dreaming, because if we do that, the future of the human race indefinitely balances on this little pinpoint that we call Earth.

- posted by Alex @ 23:48 EST