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” …All of this. All of this was for nothing – unless we go to the stars.” – Infection, Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski

How to turn economic worries into the Second Renaissance

There has been a lot of talk about a jobless recovery to one of the deepest recession since the depression.  Well America: If you want jobs – how about pushing the current administration to open up the new frontier, while we still have the opportunity.  Yes, initially that will require some government spending to catalyze new technology and industry – this is what NASA was founded for.  What would result if the cost of launching people and hardware into space was reduced to the critical point where people treated spaceflight like we do airlines and global travel are treated today?

What you would have is a second renaissance, a space based industrial revolution that would cause a huge expansion of economic activity. Jobs would be in high demand on the new frontier and at home building the capability to get them there – just the same as it was when the U.S was expanding to the pacific and the new world was really beginning to open up to more common people.  This is why I am cautiously optimistic about the Obama administrations new NASA plan, and the FY2011 budget.  It seems like a step in this direction.
http://www.nasa.gov/news/budget/index.html

What I’m concerned with is the lack of a clearly defined destination, when the Augustine commission clearly stated, “the ultimate destination for human exploration is Mars.”
http://www.marssociety.org/portal/zubrinoped-space-news-2-10

And the lack of interest in the option to extend shuttle flights to reduce the gap and to use shuttle derive technology to develop a nationally operated HLV until the private sector develops a reliable and robust alternative.
http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1571/1

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