The United States Department Of Commerce today released an “Op-Ed” regarding the future of space travel. This post was published on a day that is resonant with three significant events related to the topic:
- 1961: JFK asks Congress to support the burgeoning U.S. space program.
- 1977: Star Wars is released in theaters.
- 2012: SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station.
Today’s post, written by Secretary Of Commerce Wilber Ross, name-drops JFK as well as 2001: A Space Odyssey, and pushes for a future of space exploration that is spearheaded by private companies working within a framework provided by the U.S. government.
I find myself with no big pronouncements or opinions on any of this at the moment, other than to simply point it out. When the government tells you literally: “That Moon Colony Will Be a Reality Sooner Than You Think”—and you keep in mind that China already has plans to move forward in this department by next year—it kind of means that things are really “moving.”
Or: are these just “distractions?” I think that some of it may be used as distractions. But it also is just a new reality for us. As we move into 2020, we are moving into a bunch of new paradigms.
I’ve often asked on this blog, “are we ready?” But intuitively, it seems like a moot point.
It’s here. How do we fit into all of it?