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.