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The Case For Space

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:03:48 -0500
Archived: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:03:48 -0500
Subject: The Case For Space

Source: ForeignAffairs.Com


March/April 2012

The Case For Space
Why We Should Keep Reaching for the Stars
By Neil deGrasse Tyson

In 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama articulated his vision for
the future of American space exploration, which included an
eventual manned mission to Mars. Such an endeavor would surely
cost hundreds of billions of dollars - maybe even $1 trillion.

Whatever the amount, it would be an expensive undertaking. In
the past, only three motivations have led societies to spend
that kind of capital on ambitious, speculative projects: the
celebration of a divine or royal power, the search for profit,
and war.

Examples of praising power at great expense include the
pyramids in Egypt, the vast terra-cotta army buried along with
the first emperor of China, and the Taj Mahal in India.

Seeking riches in the New World, the monarchs of Iberia funded
the great voyages of Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand
Magellan. And military incentives spurred the building of the
Great Wall of China, which helped keep the Mongols at bay, and
the Manhattan Project, whose scientists conceived, designed, and
built the first atomic bomb.


[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

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