It has been nearly fifty
years since the first human entered space, and it
remains the province of an elite few. Contrast this with the airplane,
which fifty years after it's birth, where aircraft were exceedingly
common. Those of us who grew up during the Apollo era were certain that
we'd be going into space before the dawn of the 21st Century.
Obviously, that hasn't happened. With the planet rapidly becoming
choked with pollution (and we can only expect this to get worse as the
developing nations industrialize)it should be obvious to all that it it
is past time for humanity to begin moving off this
planet en masse.
It is time to change this.
The efforts of groups like The
X-Prize Foundation, The
Planetary Society, The Mars Society, and others,
good enough. It is time for every spaceflight fanatic and science
fiction fan to get angry. For far too long, we've sat back and waited
for NASA and others to deliver on the dream of space travel, it is now
time that we demand more support for spaceflight,
not only from our elected officials, but from corporations as well. All
of them have benefitted from advancements made possible by the space
program. We must make them realize that investing
in space is investing in their future.