A Space Program That The Average Man Is Willing To Help Finance

A Space Program That The Average Man Is Willing To Help Finance

I’d like to see a space program that the average man will see as relevant to his/her life.  We should do everything possible to promote space as a partial solution to the problems posed by the environmental crises: everything from Earth observation to energy collection and climate change amelioration.  These are problems all people will become increasing aware of.  We must be part of their solution in the public eye.

Longer term goals, such as terraforming technologies, should be discussed in the context of potential benefits on Earth.  Terraforming can best be advanced by emphasizing its benefits for a better understanding of planetary engineering.  As such, it  can easily be seen by the average taxpayer as a potential answer to challenges such as global warming or concentrated, planet-wide pollution.

Even longer term projects, such  as colonizing a terraformed mars, should be posed not as inevitable projects humankind will eventually complete, but rather as a potential project that may eventually allow for evacuation of an overcrowded, over heated, over polluted planet Earth: one that we might not have time to accomplish later on.

The uninitiated public will find space technology a credible means of attacking global problems.  Our overall programs will rise with the tide of public support which will only come with recognition of the space program as part of the solution.  Unfortunately, the current prevailing view is quite the opposite, but a change in emphasis on our (advocate’s) part can change that.

And, of course, I think we should regard such projects as being the true basis of our support of space, for we, too, see Earth’s problems.

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2 Responses to A Space Program That The Average Man Is Willing To Help Finance

  1. Hank Raymond says:

    It sounds like you think we can move enough earthlings to Mars to solve the overpopulation problem here. You don’t really think that we can move billions of earthlings to Mars do you? How in the world could you move that many people to Mars?

  2. George says:

    Are you using “earthlings” in its most inclusive sense, or in the more restrictive sense most people associate with “overpopulation?” The former would include such primitive forms as green algae, but the latter applies only to humanity. Your question at the end of the comment seems to indicate the latter.

    If you did intend it in the most inclusive sense, then I not only think we can move enough to successfully transplant the earth–based life force to another world, but we could do it in a few decades.

    If in the latter sense, I’m not at all confident humanity will survive the evacuation attempt at all, and our chances of doing so diminish with every passing day in which we don’t begin a new understanding of what I claim is the greatest, and most easily defended, purpose of the space program.

    Until we begin to question the overriding assumption that Gaia will survive forever beyond humanity, we do not begin to comprehend the true tragedy which confronts life as we know it.

    Humans do not like to envision themselves as having gone malignant, but that is an even better description of the situation than is “cancerous.”

    And, so long as our focus always remains only upon the well-being of humanity, we continue that which makes us malignant.

    That said, there is a great deal which argues for the benefit of mankind in a space program aimed at evacuation of the life force, possibly including humans. One is the direct benefit our species would reap if we are successful in getting our species off along with the life-force itself.

    Another is in the potential benefit a robust space program could have in prolonging habitability for humans here on earth.

    A third is in focusing the world’s human population’s attention on the seriousness of the environmental crisis–something Doha has, once again, proven to be a hard sell. People just do not appreciate the magnitude of the threat. Until they do it is the making of money that will continue to dominate human behavior.

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