Are we worth watching?

In science and technology circles, we often quote Sir Isaac Newton:

If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

Our kids will inherit the opportunities we pursue and the doors that we open.  The people who will pick up where we leave off are watching us.  Right now.

Are we worth watching?

We’ve made a major mistake the last 35 years in turning space exploration from an inspiring and exciting set of events into a sterile set of engineering and funding goals.

This is just not good enough.

As a people, we deserve to be inspired by the exploration of space and together should want to push the limits of possibilities.

Do we have the will to do the impossible? Can we break down ANY barriers, including short term job loss? Can we let go of our false sense of security in the name of progress and movement?

Space exploration in 2010 is about a desire to explore personally and developing economically viable ways to do it.  Gone are the days of Governments having a hegemony on space exploration, and good riddance to that idea.

Who are the brave souls that the next two generations of people will stand on the shoulders of to see further than the generations before us?

We’re looking for these people.  They are a new kind of hero.  We must identify as many of them as we can and rally behind them.  We can form the steps that the next generation can climb in order to stand on their shoulders.

One thought on “Are we worth watching?

  1. I know that it takes hundreds–thousands!–of individuals making incremental contributions and improvements before one person can say “Eureka! I’ve got it!” and make a big discovery. Those folks should not be overlooked or undervalued.

    We also need individuals that can be the role models and media darlings that we’ll put into science and history books of the future. Sally Ride is one of the few Space Shuttle era astronauts anyone can even name. Besides her, there are few obvious choices for the sidebars and overlays that will accompany the blurb on NASA’s 30-year STS program with hundreds of veteran astronauts.

    The NewSpace era does need heros–and we need them quick! Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Peter Diamandis will lead the pack for now. The key is to ensure we keep pushing individuals to the top and not let it devolve into the “everyone is equally important” mantra that is used today.

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