A different train of thought on Bush’s space vision.
There is always a reason why not to explore, not to be bold. I’m sure there were people
telling the various European exploreres (sic) not to sail across the Atlantic, but
thank God they did. Imagine if the discovery of America was delayed a couple of hundred
years? The world would be so completely different and I think also would be much worse
off. After all there was a very good reason why so many people across the world have
risked everything to come here. Just because we don’t really see the immediate benefits
of exploration doesn’t mean that they won’t be massive over time.
Yes, I would rather private industry do all this since they would probably be able
to do these things more efficiently. But barring a Bill Gates turning his sights away
from Malaria and onto space, I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything other than Hilton
building a hotel in space. At this point, I will take any sort of research in space
I can get. If it has to come from NASA, so be it.