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Future space means to me ...... possibilities. It means the opportunity of change. Some people make many wrong choices on earth and want to change, while others don’t. But, for those who do, they could start over in space. Future space means to me a whole new world, the type that you’ve seen in sci-fi movies growing up, except now it’s real. What future space holds for us is just endless, filled with possibilities and hope. Most of all the hope of changing all the things that are wrong with earth -- change it with space.

 

Dalia Pruneda
Zapata, TX

 

 

 

 

For those who remember Skylab (those who don't can Google it) it's just a shame that the Shuttle wasn't ready soon enough to be able to boost Skylab into a higher orbit.  It could have still been around today.  Except for ISS it would have been the most advanced manned space station in orbit.

 

R. Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

Like it or not, space is our future. Not only for the U.S., but for the whole world. We are depleting our natural resources, and must look to space for a replacement. If not then we will become a third world country.

 

Leslie Fondren
South Carolina

 

 

 

It's time we got off this planet and give it time to recover. When I look back at the plans that NASA and the Army had for space and the timeline they were projecting, we would have been there by now. Instead, we wasted time and money on Vietnam, on MAD and other sundry things. Not all was wasted but that is the past. We, as a planet, are ready to take the next step. We are ready to be a space society.

 

Mike Heerwagen
Fort Worth, TX

 

 

 

Antoine de St Exupery once phrased "Dans la vie, il n'y a pas des solutions. Il n'y a que des forces en marche: il faut les créer et les solutions suivent." Just like that: all we need to do is ignite the vision within the people then there will be no stopping humans from reaching out to the stars. This is why Hubble and the VLTI were so important and why we impatiently await the E-ELT and the TMT telescopes. They will show us that there really are habitable planets out there, and many more than we ever imagined. This is why the best investment is a very large space based interferometer telescope. Eight mirrors each 8-meters across to start with and scalable. Once we find the first sister of Earth man will not rest until Einstein's barrier is overcome. Let's not invest 100bn$ in a Mars mission that will give us no new vision. Let's spend 10bn$ on a very large Terrestrial Planet Finder and inspire our next generation so they put their minds to the task of finding a way of how to reach those planets. We could start to build these telescopes right away. Their cost would be peanuts compared to the two wars America led and which cost it 3000bn$ = 300 Large Terrestrial Planet Finder scope systems. What an unbelievable waste of money and blood and youth born out of ignorance and fear. It also would be peanuts compared to the bailout of greedy banks. In today's partisan times a common vision would galvanise the American people, trigger excitement and set free creative energies and a can do spirit. As Antoine de St.Exupery also wrote “if you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to go to the forest to gather wood, saw it, and nail the planks together. Instead, teach them the desire for the sea,” and that teaching can be done by showing them what's out there so far and yet so possibly close! With this approach we could have an anti-matter drive in 2030 and robot probes to Alpha Centauri reaching that star in 2040 – soon enough for our children to benefit from our vision. From there it would only be one step to overcoming the light-speed barrier. And that could really be as soon as 2060. What a wonderful vision to become an interstellar civilization within 100 years after the landing on the moon. Now that's a vision worth pursuing.

 

Alexander Vocelka
Munich

 

 

 

Last night, as I was watching Apollo Xlll on TV, I began to think about Star Trek. While we do not have the know-how to build a starship and fly to the far reaches of our galaxy, we do have the know-how to build a rocket to return us to the moon and take us to Mars. So let's get with it!

 

R. Weingarten

Houston, TX

 

 

 

We need inspiration, innovation and livelihood. Space exploration does all of these things. NASA can be the backbone, providing vision and the catalyst for private industry to act on the dream.

 

V. Tancredi
San Francisco

 

 

 

Going into space means a new view.  I don't mean just new sights but a chance to look outward not backwards.  We are so afraid of everything right now and we are trying to recreate the past.  While it may have served us well then it doesn't now. Who we currently are doesn't have a space to show itself in our current world culture. From a platform beyond terra, we could grow ourselves intellectually, physically and spiritually. Let’s go and dream again. Hope again. Stand in awe again of ourselves and our world in space.

 

Mic Denfeld
Tucson, AZ

 

 

 

Future space to me means more opportunity. Think about it lets imagine a refilling station staged on the Moon for space travelers. Or a missile silo on the moon with a military base there to monitor asteroids and other objects that could harm Earth. Imagine a small city on Mars that is working on the progress of terraforming the planet to be habitable again. You could have a team of scientists doing research while you have a group of Astronaut / Miners out collecting resources to ship back to Earth for study or trade. Imagine the resources that could be found on these planets and moons. If it was affordable I would pay to go and live the rest of my life on Mars. I love space and I love science; I hope within my life time I am able to step on the Moon just once. Future space as I envision it would be traveling between distant stars with cargo ships carrying supplies to colonies. Exploring new places, mining asteroids, setting up defenses around our planets that we colonize to help us defend against asteroids that could impact our planets.

 

Charles Stephens
Louisville, KY

 

 

 

Where else we gonna go but out?

Bart
Greenville, SC

 

 

 

Space means life, it means discovery, it means finding my ambition, my curiosity, my passion and my love. Space discovery enthralls us with a feeling like no other; it is stunning and breathtaking both in its wonder and its beauty. The discoveries yet to be made and creations waiting for us are incomprehensible to us in their incredibility; just looking at the night sky leaves us yearning to know. There is so much out there; I want to find it. Future space is what gives me a reason to believe in the future at all. It is the reason to look at the future with promise, it is a glowing beacon beckoning us onwards.

Wayne F Given
New York

 

 

 

Shortly after the Apollo program ended NASA had a manned mission to Mars as a possible next program.  The cost was estimated to be around $500 billion.  Today such an endeavor would probably cost closer to $600 billion.  But rather then have astronauts from China, India, or some European consortium be the first humans to step foot on Mars, The U.S. must be the first no matter what the cost.

 

R. Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

First and foremost, future space to me means establishing permanent outposts of American civilization beyond Earth. Secondary to that, future space means enhancing technological and scientific capabilities that will enable us to look at longer-range missions into deep-space, hopefully (given the technology to do so) beyond our solar system.

 

Jason
Michigan

 

 

 

The future of space is the future of humankind. Just as Columbus set sail to an unknown region of our planet, and simultaneously opened the future of our race, the work that has been done, and will be done in the future by NASA opens the doors to the wonderful things that our Creator has done in this universe that He has created.

 

Jose A. Areces
North Miami, FL

 

 

 

We at Kennedy Space Center have seen the layoffs in the launch crews and cuts in the funding for HSF since the Clinton administration. It would appear that America is no longer capable of dreaming big and only wants a space program that can dazzle them at their leisure and for free. If a new generation of Americans is ever to lift their eyes up to the sky and dream again I feel the older generation will have to create a new generation that can be awed by science and who can dare to dream. Just not sure when that generation will ever be as we, the older generation, have stolen the magic of science and technology from our children and have given them an "instant world" with little concept of what it takes to make that world work.

 

Steve Stout

Kennedy Space Center, FL

 

 

 

Space missions will mean a better way of life for many of us. If we can only see how space technology has already made our lives a lot better. People, we need to invest in space, it will help us.

 

John Dove
Brunswick, GA

 

 

 

Future space means going home to me. Somehow we don’t belong here really and by the time the sun has done its work, we must leave, and up to that point all is just a long, long training curve.

 

Ingvor
Sweden

 

 

 

To go where no man has gone before … sound familiar?

 

Donahue
Panama City, FL

 

 

 

Future is working in space which in turn creates jobs here on Earth and creates new technologies from NASA and other space companies. What Obama did was wrong to have NASA shut down most of its programs. We need NASA.

 

John Dove
Brunswick, GA

 

 

 

The future for my children.

 

Mark Imel
Saint Henry, OH

 

 

 

No truer words on the subject were ever spoken than those of former NASA Chief Administrator and current Chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Michael Griffin when he stated:  "We can lead the way on the space frontier, or we can watch as others do so."

 

Anthony Lesnick
Detroit, Michigan

 

 

 

Future space is everything. We not only need to be in space, we need to be in space yesterday. We need to colonize and expand, Earth is getting crowded and full of people whom all they want is power, money, wars, chaos and control. Until we realize that what we, as a people, not as an American nation, or as certain race or group, but as a member of our home planet Earth and a part of the Human race, that our best option for survival is through peace and sharing, love and brotherhood, calm and serenity, until we realize that if we, as a people, come together, honestly, truthfully, and completely, come together, and become a peaceful people, most of our problems will dissolve. We will be able to use what we know and have in order to create not only one, but multiple, habitable both space stations as well as ground stations on other planets within our solar system. I have enough faith in us, I know that if we are willing and able to, all in all, get rid of money, have some real common sense laws, and put our good minds to use, we can have, at least, our solar system better watched with human occupied orbital space stations. I also believe we are good enough to be able to accomplish this within 10 years.

 

Mr. Lorenzana
Ohio

 

 

 

Space could mean achieving the universe by bringing life in the cosmos. A very ambitious project!? But first, space means that our planet is the most perfect object, as a place of prospering life of course and also as a very "special ship". I mean, how could we do without learning more about the technology of the earth? This could lead us to build space ships and space cities as natural as possible.

 

Alain Palmieri
Paris, France

 

 

 

Our leadership and adventures in space continue to exemplify the American spirit, dream and determination more than anything else in modern times.  President Kennedy fully realized this and the achievement of his dream gave us the inertia to propel the program for so many decades.  We need that kind of brilliance, resolve, and courage, again, now.

Mark
Kennedy Space Center

 

 

 

I believe that the future of humans lies in space. I feel there are resources out in the asteroids, Moon, Mars and other worlds and we can't let someone else beat us to them. I feel that space will be the new petroleum. We now see what happened when we are not in control of a valuable resource. So, we have to open space now.

Mike Brinley
Lancaster, PA

 

 

 

I wonder if the architecture of the core stage of SLS will allow it to be equipped with six RS-68 engines.  Hopefully it will since a core stage with six RS-68 engines plus two five segment solid fuel boosters or their liquid fueled equivalents would be  the canceled Ares V rocket.  And the Ares V IS the rocket needed if the U.S. is serious about going to Mars.

 

R. Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

How can we stop the thing that America helped start? We give our world hope and something to believe in, together. We can't stop now for the future for tomorrow. OUR CHILDREN NEED IT.

Joshua Warren
Kingbee, Ky

 

 

 

Travel.

Charles King
Gainesville, FL

 

 

 

What else is there to be proud of? Other than war and natural disasters, what else stops us dead in our tracks causes our guts to recognise feats of bravery and sci/tech achievement. Although anyone will say it can become stale news, people do recognise and recall the original awe inspiring moments. Too many generations have not witnessed any space achievements and do not understand what can be done and the state of confidence and enthusiasm globally it can create. We need to do something soon!

Bill Thorne
South West England

 

 

 

The future of space means setting new goals to achieve. America's leadership in space started to ebb when we stopped with getting to the moon. We should have continued with habitation on the moon, then followed by even bigger goals like habitation on Mars and extracting economic benefits from those goals. America needs to revise its stand on the space treaty and allow commercial space companies to dream big. The next frontier of businesses is outer space. Until creative minds are free to pursue entrepreneurial goals Americas leadership in space will continue to decline. Hopefully we won't end up playing catch up as other nations (like the PRC) gets into a position of exploiting resources in space by ignoring the space treaty.

 

Walter Loyola
Colorado

 

 

 

I'm 61 and wishing I could be working at a space center that is focused on human space exploration. But, instead I am studying to get my state insurance license. I dream of the stuff of Star Trek and wish that even at my age, I could be a member of such a ship exploring the universe. Even to be a janitor or general laborer on such a ship as the Enterprise, it would be awesome. We need to keep ahead of the game when it comes to space and the U.S. should be the leader in space exploration. But we should also be using the space platform to unite the peoples of the Earth to create jobs for everyone at every level and put away the petty bickering of race hatred and persecution because of religion.

 

Michael Unfried
Altadena, CA

 

 

 

We need to hold onto our leadership in space. We need to keep and build on our technical capabilities by educating the public to the benefits of the technical jobs that will be created and the related employment opportunities that a long-term goal oriented space program would provide.

Frank Anderson
Virginia Beach, VA.

 

 

Small and relatively inexpensive inflatable space stations offer the most economical means to the space tourism industry.

R Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

This means that my grandchildren will not wonder if they will ever go to space but, when and how much it will cost to go. Now that is a cause to support!

 

Steven R. Bell
Springfield, IL, USA

 

 

 

Launching from the ISS to the Moon and beyond. Get the spacecraft to the ISS and then launch them to the Moon, Mars, etc. Get busy and build a base on the Moon. Then we can launch from there to Mars, etc.; in addition to launching from ISS. Use the ISS, go the Moon and beyond from there.......

 

Daniel R. Clemins, Sr.
El Cajon, CA

 

 

 

Growing up watching Gemini, Apollo >>> Grissom, Chaffee, White >>> landing on the moon!!...the explosion of Challenger....etc. Look at all the technology we have gained from the Space program; medical, electrical, mechanical, knowledge of our planet and knowledge of space. Letting the space program go is like taking a child and letting him go to first grade, then telling him it isn't worth the money to continue his education. Space had always been a big part of my life, and I hope my grandchildren will have the opportunity to have it be a part of their lives!!!

 

Brenda J. Fowler

Howard City, MI

 

 

 

What does our future in space look like now? Not much without the workhorse ... the shuttle. The shuttle mission was financed by the American taxpayer who, in the processes that grounded the mission, had no vote. The most important question that should be directed to Washington, in my opinion, is "When can we get the shuttles back in operation?"... or all other questions seem to be moot.

 

Laurel Lewis

Amarillo, Texas

 

 

 

If Man does not return to the moon before 2030 then history may regard the success of the Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s as a deviation in the scientific and technical development of Man.

 

R. Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

Future space means we will continue our robotic and human exploration of the Solar System and the Universe. For America to abandon our leadership in Space is a tragedy. Our Space program gives a greater return than any other government program. It saddens me to see the cutbacks in Planetary exploration.

 

Kevin Robinson
Bellevue, WA

 

 

 

The European Space Agency is planning to land a craft on the moon using a technique the US developed for the Surveyor project in the mid-1960.  What has happened to our country?  We should have gone to Mars and beyond by now.

 

R. Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

It means my job! I am a rescue mom of seven dogs. I have been fortunate to hold my job thus far. But without the space program or continued delays could ultimately mean the loss of my income. How can I feed and provide healthcare for these poor creatures that became victims of our economy?

 

Cindy

California

 

 

 

Our future as a leader in innovation and technology. Our future as a leader of the free world. It won't happen if we just stand by. Writing our leadership is essential. It’s an election year. make your feelings clear.

 

Maria

Florida

 

 

 

Survival of the species

 

Lowell Gilbert

Moline, IL

 

 

 

It means the future if we do not continue to explore the next frontier then we will have war here on this planet.  We are natural explorers and we must move beyond this planet.

Jack Hamilton
Tulsa, OK

 

 

 

Grounding the space shuttle mission was potentially the worst decision this country ever made.

Laurel Lewis
Amarillo

 

 

 

This is not about national prestige or looking at pretty pictures from the Hubble telescope.  It's about our survival as a species.  If we do not get a significant footprint off of the planet we will not only use up our finite planetary resources but we will also doom ourselves to extinction long before the Sun expands to a red giant.  We have to be active in our solar neighborhood and avail ourselves of the plentiful resources of the Solar System.

 

Bill Prescott
Orange, CA

 

 

 

"Been there, done that." Apollo/Saturn: Been there...,Shuttle: Been there...,The moon: ....,ISS..., America keeps starting things and stops. If the space policy people, and the critics of the various programs of the last 30 years had been around in the first half of the last century there would be no airplanes because the Wright flyer wouldn't haul 100 people, there would be no cars because the model T wasn't a Tesla.,  If only ONE of the programs of the past 50 years had continued in some rational form I believe that there'd now be a significant, permanent, and probably financially justifiable human presence off Earth.,  Continued investment in the Saturn V, Space Shuttle, Nerva, (put any program here) or some derivative of each would have led to much improved performance and efficiency of launchers, there would probably be one or more effective deep space propulsion systems at work..., all for no more money than has been literally thrown away over the last 30 years.,  We don't need a new vision, we just need vision and common sense.

 

Les
Salem, Oregon

 

 

 

Americans pride ourselves on leadership and innovation.  With manufacturing slipping from our hands, we'd better retain some ownership in discovery.  The space outside our little planet is vast. I shudder to imagine other countries taking ownership of all that potential while we (short-sighted Americans) remain huddled on the surface of our tiny home.

Jeannie Ruiz, Ten80 Foundation

 

 

 

One solution to the "interim second stage" SLS problem might be to use the already man-rated original J-2 engines that were used for Apollo.

R Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

This may sound very pedestrian, but one of the main obstacles to further advances in space flight is the huge cost per pound to low earth orbit (LEO). A noted science fiction writer once said "when you get to earth orbit, your half way to anywhere in the solar system". This quote really drives home just how important getting into earth orbit really is. I wish prominent space advocates like Mr. Tyson would quit running down how important that accomplishment really is. When NASA began work on the Shuttle in the early 1970's, one of the design goals was to be able to deliver a payload to LEO at a cost of $100 per pound. We ended up with a cost of between $5000 and $10,000 a pound. Burt Rutan said it best. "We have yet to develop the DC-3 of the space age". Some of you may recall one of the major successes of that aircraft was that for the first time airlines had an aircraft that could actually haul passengers and make a profit because of its efficiency and payload capacity. Now, I'll be the first to say this goal is not nearly as spectacular as say, a manned mission to Mars. But, just like some other major technical developments, if you build it, they will come. Significantly lowering the cost per pound to LEO will open up amazing new opportunities. Sadly, the current mindset of most folks in the space community is the usual "we must keep pushing the space frontiers further and further." Unlike the 1960's, this argument no longer inspires the public as it once did. And again to be honest, the REAL reason for the moon program was to beat the Russians, not for the wispy notion of advancing the cause of humanity. This continued mindset by so many space advocates about the inspiration for humans in space has never really clicked with most taxpayers in the first place. For a successful, long term space program, we simply must reduce the high launch costs. Once more, let’s get honest here. With current chemical rocket technology, humanity is never going to get any farther than Mars anyway. Then what argument can they use? We simply must develop a sounder argument for human spaceflight. My hope is that private enterprise can show the way towards cheaper access to space. If we can get to a point where we concern ourselves with tons to LEO rather than pounds, much safer, structurally sounder, and more capable human spacecraft will become possible. Then we can talk about those inspiring long distance missions.

James Meide
Boise, Id

 

 

 

If NASA's budget allows for discretionary spending then it should invest some of it in building the hardware and training of astronauts for deep space missions simultaneously with the building of the SLS and Orion crew vehicle.  Mars by 2022?

R. Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

Human nature's nature is exploratory, it's in our hearts, having nothing to do with "America's space leaders" whoever they are, they're doing a lousy job. NASA has become typical, self-referencing bureaucracy, wasting billions of expropriated tax money on a huge earth satellite going round and round, producing nothing of value. If we want to enter space, the government(s) should have the good sense to stay out of the way, and let private interests take the lead, a la Dick Rutan's first private trip there, which cost a tiny fraction of boosting our first government astronaut up and back. Finance prizes for the first to get to Mars and return safely. Private property rights should be recognized for Martian, lunar, and other colonies. How about some discussion in this possibility?

Don Vandervelde
Unknown

 

 

 

I think that there is a "spark" of an idea here... The Space Consortium of America. Imagine if these large corporations with their knowledge, joined together for a Lunar Industrial Program.  Imagine all that knowledge, supported by the government, but not controlled by the government other than safety considerations.  Imagine then that they do what they do, go for industrial purposes, how soon could they develop the means to use that as a jump point to go on to mars, asteroids for mining, etc.  Let the "Consortium" pave the way for colonization of space.  That is the spark -- light the fire for individual drive, to use profits to finance further exploration.

S. Sparks
Hickory, NC

 

 

 

Future travel beyond our solar system via a space station on Mars

LF Morgan
Newhall, CA

 

 

 

Humanity will not survive if it doesn't get off world! Colonizing the Solar System is the means of survival in a host of ways. First, avoiding a planet wide catastrophe is paramount! Second, a whole new industrial revolution will emerge to achieve this goal! That will bring economic prosperity to most of Earth! The resources of the planets and asteroids will spur technological innovation that will fuel further growth, both financial and personal, that will usher in a Golden Age beyond imagining!  AMERICA MUST TAKE THE LEAD SO THAT THE BEST IDEALS OF HUMANITY CAN BE SERVED. Of all historical Empires, contrary to some current opinion, America has been the most benign and tolerant and open to free exchange of ideas and resources!

Ben
New York, NY

 

 

 

I'd like to suggest that Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, and the smaller aerospace companies get together and build the hardware necessary to send astronauts on a round trip to Mars by 2020 so the U.S. would be the first to accomplish such a mission.  Since the federal government cannot afford to pay for such a project, it should be done pro bono as a token of appreciation to the federal government and the American people.

R Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

The energy that matter and anti-matter produces once fused should propel us into the right direction.  America should be looking into ways to harness this awesome power so that society can venture toward the stars in a more realistic fashion.  Light speed is the key to getting to another solar system within our own galaxy.  Many planets are being discovered and yet we have no possible way of getting there. Conventional rockets are too slow.  Humans will die in space before reaching another star.

Victor Lopez
Miami, Florida

 

 

 

The Saturn V had the capability of lifting 131 tons into LEO.  That's something the SLS won't be capable of until the mid-2020s. I'm sure a Saturn V with today's technology could do even better than that.  So why not just resurrect the old Saturn V?  Probably because the Saturn didn't use any solid fuel rocket motors and since solid fuel motors are built in Utah the congress people from Utah wouldn't sign off on any SLS that didn't include solid fuel rocket motors.  What's the solution?  Build the Ares V heavy lift rocket that does use solid fuel rocket motors and has a 200+ ton LEO capability.  That way NASA "spreads the wealth" while building a vehicle superior to the 40 year old Saturn V.

R. Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

The future of space to me is to explore new worlds and colonize planets and meet and establish friendship with other beings of the universe. Space is the final frontier as like in Star Trek. We, as people of America, need to conquer the space race again, otherwise we have failed in this department.

Jerad Fuller
Hastings, Nebraska

 

 

 

Future space is synonymous with future humanity: the two are inextricably linked. Quite simply, neglecting the exploration and exploitation of space and its resources jeopardizes the potential progress, and ultimately the survivability, of our species.

Daren Niklerog
New Zealand

 

 

 

Future space to me means that human beings and the space probes and spacecraft and the space telescopes will eventually make new and useful profound innovations and discoveries! And that humanity will somehow release its stranglehold on planet Earth and stop victimizing and using other living sentient creatures for their own needs and wants! Humanity must change their unsustainable behavior on planet Earth and unite in space in order not to abuse technology and the future usage of that in order to explore and colonize!

A T
New York, NY

 

 

 

On a national scale, America **MUST** leverage its still significant (yet seriously deteriorating) technological superiority to effect a bold solar and interstellar exploitation and colonization plan.  We have it within our technological grasp, to build solar system traversing spacecraft which simulate gravity (and minimize Coriolis Effect on occupants).  Mining asteroids, moons, and planets, establishing permanent solar and planetary orbiting habitats...THESE are the future.  While the economic costs of such endeavors will be initially high, the long term benefits will outweigh the costs.  We have it within our capabilities today, to effect all of these goals.  China will certainly attempt these as well....and be far less timid about it.

 

Clay L
Denver

 

 

 

Knowledge, the unknown, what’s around the corner for our planet.

Jan
Penrith

 

 

 

Space exploration has the potential to revitalize our education and industry in the US... something we sorely need right now. That and bridges.


Lee Bailey
Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

A round trip to Mars would take over 1 year.  The crew couldn't be expected to remain in a capsule for all that time.  Is anyone working on a habitat large enough for the astronauts to comfortably live in during the trip to and from Mars?  Also, is any company working on a Mars descent/ascent vehicle?  If the answers to either one of these questions is no, then what is the purpose of the SLS?

R. Weingarten
Houston, TX

 

 

 

Pioneers suffer a huge attrition rate as individuals, but in the long run, it is pioneers who survive, for those they leave behind become complacent and unable to adapt to sudden, significant changes in conditions, and die out.  Space means endless opportunities for pioneering as well as the finding of huge amounts of resources we can exploit to fulfill our needs both on Earth and out in space, on other worlds and in habitats.  Space means freedom -- the freedom to break away from dying cultures and restrictive customs and laws that keep humanity from reaching its full potential.  Space means the successful colonization of new worlds, starting with Mars and Luna, and establishment of populations of countless terresrial lifeforms thereon, not just humanity -- so space means the salvation of Earthly life overall.  Space means wonders unending and glory beyond anything of which we can now conceive.  Space means wealth, more wealth for everyone than we can calculate.  Space means life. And to turn out backs on it means death and total extinction.

Yael Dragwyla
Seattle, WA

 

 

 

As an outsider from South Africa, I remember listening to the moon landing with my dad on the radio, and since then have always followed your space development and progress. The scary thing now is the perception that it seems that U.S. politics has got so involved and has made it near impossible to continue being the leaders, it has crippled your progress. Luckily the world still has China, they seem now to be taking over where you let off?

 

Tony Brown
South Africa

 

 

 

Future space is so vital for research to discover very important technologies so critical to saving our human race.  We are running out of natural resources that are very important to our human survival. Our energy abuse has gone insane, water abuse, trees, land, space, etc. is something we ignore; and the reward we receive now will result in suicide down the road as our behavior will very soon eat us alive! Remaining on course with space exploration makes it very obtainable to Terra-form Mars or at least to be able to use Martian resources we are running out of here on earth. Space exploration is a very unique knowledge worth spending sensibly on; it's like learning how to plant crops and find gold! duh! A wise space budget and planning is a no lose proposition period. Done deal......do it!

Gene Freeland
Hot Springs, AR

 

 

 

I agree that the United States and NASA needs a coherent long-range policy for deep space exploration, which should begin to jump-start scientific research and provide employment opportunities. NASA's plan for developing the Space Launch System (SLS) to go beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO), as well as its new emphasis on scientific research connected to deep space exploration, is a positive step in my view. With this in mind, I believe that the K-12 and university education systems need to be upgraded for persons seeking new employment or retraining to support the space industry.

 

Richard L. Burnett
Vallejo, California USA

 

 

 

Space is the future of mankind. What started with Columbus journey cannot be stopped right when we are turning the corner. If humanity stopped our journey, we will return to the caves. Egotistical minds interested in a political future cannot step on those who look towards the future of humanity

Jose A. Areces
North Miami, Florida

 

 

 

I've always loved space movies - the ones where astronauts save the planet from an asteroid, or where AI space ships are going crazy, or ones set in the far future where everyone is living in space.  Even though they're all fantasies, I was always sure someday something similar would be true, and it was exhilarating to imagine.  For the first time now these movies make me sad, because I feel like we've recently changed the way it will all play out.  Now I just see space owned by massive corporations, mined and plundered while America has to ask permission to get up there from them (or the Chinese).  I see new space technologies being patented for profit, so the cost stays astronomical even when it's safe and easy to go there.  Even worse I see the possibility that, if there is a catastrophe on Earth, only the richest will be able to purchase a way off while everyone else is left to die. Space needs to be explored in the name of the people of the United States.  It should be used for the good of humanity as a whole, and our country in specific, not handed over to special interests like the rest of our political process.

Caroline Hanson
New York City

 

 

 

I was in a summer day camp for kids before the 1st grade. they wheeled in those industrial TVs and we watched man on the moon. Oh does it kill me that we left things undone. A PERMANENT presence on the Moon could pay for itself just selling Moon rocks. When the Chinese are looking down on us from Luna in 50 years they will shake their heads at our short-sightedness.

Thom MacIntyre
Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

 

To give our grandson the chance to fulfill his dream for space exploration, and becoming an astronaut. That's all he talks about. I am currently checking on schools, books that are available. This may shock you, he is only 8 yrs. old. He has wanted this, for several years. What space means to us: IT'S EVERYTHING, for "OUR GRANDSON"

Joanne
Orlando, FL

 

 

 

You know this, if we lose NASA, we lost. I want my kids to know what it’s like to see one of OUR ships to go "where no man has gone before", even if it’s a rocket to the moon, with a little shovel on the front, to dig into the moon dirt! We can’t let that go, it will be the end of our wonderment!

 

Anonymous

 

 

 

To me, it seems beyond inevitable that the human race will have to expand past our own planet. Being 19 years old and an avid space exploration enthusiast, I can't wait for the day when we look back at the "problems" our culture suffers from today. Oil, natural gas, material wealth, and altogether a lack of resources: This is petty when you look towards the stars and find places such as Titan (correct me if I'm wrong), a moon with oceans of methane. The exploration beyond our planet will yield only prosperous futures and an end to the struggles of humanity.

 

Adam
Tennessee

 

 

 

[Future space] means the Survival of the Human Race! If WE do not follow through with the development and exploration of Space, we die. There is no other OPTION available to us! It will reach crisis proportion in less than a decade! We must continue the Space Program at ANY and ALL cost or there is NO future. (Look at all the benefit's and contribution's it has given to us already)

Dr. Carlos Gomez
Arizona

 

 

 

As a retired engineer with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., VAFB, CA - it deeply concerns me that we are closing programs (Space Shuttle) and for the first time in our history, at a time of  international arms races (again), we are depending on a recently Communist enemy (Russia) for our next generation space exploration and delivery program.  Furthermore, there appears to be no follow-on contract to continue our space delivery and exploration - next generation technology driver.,It also concerns me that the US Govt has coupled under one launch contract the only remaining major contractors under one contract (ULA - Lockheed Martin & Boeing).  Where is the incentive to improve technologies and reduce cost when both are under one contract?

Don Buck
VAFB, CA

 

 

 

To me, future space is when we figure out all the planets in our solar system. I think there are people on the planets of other solar systems; I have a dream about that. We need to know more about space, and the information we have is almost nothing for the future or for what is coming in the future, we are not gonna wait for NASA taking pictures. WE NEED TO KNOW MORE

SABA
VA

 

 

 

Our ability to function outside of our atmosphere and, indeed, throughout the solar system is crucial for our survival.  We must know what is going on in our solar neighborhood and be prepared to mount a planetary defense in the event something big threatens to cross our path. Also, we should be exploiting the vast resources of the solar system to lessen the degradation of our home planet.  Eventually we should move all heavy manufacturing and power generation off the Earth's surface.

Bill Prescott
Orange, CA

 

 

 

The future of space is the future of mankind!, To ignore this, is to go back to the minds of the cave men.

Jose A. Areces
N. Miami, FL

 

 

 

It's just that Future. NASA has been great but they have shown that they can't change. Billions of dollars given, regardless of something to show for it. It's would take NASA more time now than in the 1960's to put a man on the moon. 30+ years they have had to plan or even think about the shuttle retirement, leaving it to the next generation but forgot that they where that generation. Future Space is going to be lead by companies and humans that don't need to be told what they should be doing and are allowed to profit from their new innovations and discoveries. Otherwise we need China to say that they are building a military base on the Moon. Then we would see stuff getting done, even if they weren't getting a paycheck.

 

aThump
Dallas,Tx.

 

 

 

That "One Small Step for Mankind" has now taken us backwards and brought us back to the use of capsules and co-dependency on Russia. What a joke! I can't believe this is NASA's current vision and answer in lieu of the retirement of the shuttle program and not being able to make a commitment to the people of the United States of America moving forward! Seems there's too much politics taking place when what we truly need is leadership that has the same vision as the people. Who's going to step up to the plate with a CLEAR Vision of being the best, leading the pack, burning new paths, making the right decisions and getting us back into space? We're destined to remain leaders of new frontiers with new technologies, not old school capsule travelers - Shame upon us for letting this happen!

SzNavarro
Palmdale, CA

 

 

 

I feel that if humans were meant to be in space, we would naturally be able to live and breath there without all of the Science and Technology. We have explored and discovered what we need to know about our universe. We should stay in our natural environment.

 

Anna Carter
Georgia

 

 

 

Flying Saucer, two reasons: there is all ready ample information on the internet to start building them, the cost would be about 10% of rockets

D Owens
MN

 

 

 

I think the most important benefit that the manned (and unmanned, but not as much) space program provides is: Hope. We, as a nation, species, and citizens of the world and universe are obliged to find our place in the universe. The space program will eventually lead there.... I realize that manned flight to other stars is probably not in my, or my sons, lifetime. But we need to move towards this goal if we are to ever achieve it. It is Hope that draws us towards this goal: Hope for a prosperous future for humanity, Hope for a species that can perhaps one day colonize and live on other planets, Hope of meeting other species that may already have made their way into space (or not), Hope to find our place in this universe, and our purpose. We are a most spectacular and gifted species, and if it DOES turn out that we are the only ones, then it is our manifest destiny to spread as far as we can, as fast as we can. I know that we are not without problems, but facing this ultimate challenge will, in the end, help us to overcome some of our problems. We should proceed as fast as possible to develop manned vehicles, and send them as far as we can. We need to continue our robotic exploration of our solar system and beyond. The mysteries we face in the universe are most profound, and deserve our utmost attention and effort. To help us understand ourselves, as well as the universe around us.

Rick Voreck
Portola Valley, Calif

 

 

 

Three ways this can go 1. China will lead the way. 2. We'll go international. 3. We'll go it alone. I like option three. Think of the late '60, the whole world was going to hell fast. The only thing that saved our country was NASA and the moon. I believe that with all my heart. The only national conversation we need is LETS DO IT!!!!  We can we should and I believe we will.

 

Phil S Grant
San Diego, CA

 

 

 

I think future space still holds many secrets, it’s endless. Let NASA explore as much as they can, they may even find another earth for us. We are killing our earth with greenhouse gases and heating it up. I think at the rate were going, in 2,000 years people on earth will have to live underground. If NASA could find the right stuff, like dark matter, then they could go that distance that they want to accomplish. I want to see NASA put that American flag on mars in my lifetime - I am 17 years old. I don’t want to be dead by the time they decide to do it or maybe a moon landing again.

 

Tyler Gooch

Dyersburg, Tennessee

 

 

 

America has always been a nation of innovation, exploration and discovery, but in recent decades that reputation has been dwindling. For many years our primacy in space exploration has inspired many future generations of innovators, explorers, and discoverers. But with the end of the American space exploration programs what is going to inspire them to pursue careers that will create new and creative innovations and discoveries? We can't let those dreams and possibilities die. Because if we do, what's left of our nation and the future?

 

Danielle

 

 

 

Future space means a future where many commercial entities engage in space travel, where the government buys tickets into orbit just like they do rides on airliners, where the government is limited to a regulatory function and helps to fund technology development, offers prizes for milestone achievements, and contracts for companies to supply materials and services (fuel, water, bases, etc) at specific locales (EML, Mars orbit, fuel depots, lunar water, etc). Anything beyond that should be a military spacecraft much like ships during the age of exploration were naval vessels, pushing human exploration to the furthest reaches of the solar system. Earth orbit is a commercial/economic zone that should be left to commercial interests.

Mike Lorrey
Grantham, NH

 

 

 

The move toward the privatization of the space program and the release of space dominance by the present administration is very disconcerting.  We are becoming a country of followers rather than leaders.  Government programs should consist of those for national pride and not the random support of non deserving entities.  We can only hope for a reversal of the present stance.

 

Mike Didyk
Atlanta, GA

 

 

 

My childhood dream was to become an astronaut, and I spent three summers in Alabama at Space Camp toward that goal. It eventually led to a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering.  The Hubble, Shuttle, Rovers, are all part of people need to explore. My son is now inspired by the same ideas and is looking at Engineering for a career. What will he have as an inspiration in Engineering if not for Space and those places we have yet to visit?

 

Tim Zoern
Manchester, CT

 

 

 

Future space SHOULD be about making ships that fly to planets faster, more comfortably for the crews and with crews of a dozen or more, not a handful that we can 'afford to lose'. ,,If we have to send people on months long space flights, make a ship that does the job, in less time. Chemical rockets were the past if your going to lead into the future, then make a new system that will do the job, and give our next generation of astronauts a better chance to get there and get back quickly.

 

Kevin Marsh
Pennsylvania, USA

 

 

 

We need the Space program and I support NASA’s vision.

 

Mike Gojcaj
California

 

Of all the thousands and thousands of UFO reports over several centuries, including those intensely studied over the past 60+ years, are there any cases that report the use of rocket propulsion? Think about it. All vehicles categorically use some sort of anti-gravity propulsion; they don't need wings or other airfoils; and they don't use huge and highly explosive tanks of fuel. Modern space vehicles are simply very very heavy, extremely expensive, mind-numbing complicated, very slow BOTTLE ROCKETS, which were invented by the Chinese centuries ago. The future of space belongs to the individual or country that cracks the secrets of gravity---and the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics program (killed by NASA itself) was the brainchild that was on the right path. I'm sure this technology is already known, just like in the movie Independence Day, but even Presidents can't crack open that can of deception. Go ahead---laughter is good for your health.....

 

Crazy Wayne
Iowa

 

 

 

If we let other nations leap ahead of our great achievements and jeopardize all the capabilities we have today, we will leave those privileges in the hands of some who may not be trusted.  Never forget all of the accomplishments we have made to date, concerning medical and industrial advances, all of which we have proven are capable when a national goal of committing to exploring a frontier where there are not limits becomes a reality.

 

Matthew J. Consadene
East Hartford, CT, USA

 

 

 

I remember as a child watching the rockets take off into space and then a small capsule falling into the ocean.  Our whole family would be in amazement that our country had the ability to do this.  When men landed on the moon in 1969, it was one of the most exciting things ever witnessed in this country.  Over the years we watched as the space program evolved from a capsule to a full space craft that could land on its own. There are thousands of highly skilled people that are losing their jobs and I fear that we may not be able to get that talent back if the program starts back up again one day.  I feel we owe it to this group of people to keep them employed for the long years of service they gave this country to keep the US in the space program. Thank you to all the people that made the space program a huge, proud success!

 

Leela
Connecticut

 

 

 

This is mankind's only survival we must move out to the stars. Also America has to stay in the lead, to give it to the Russians or worse the Chinese would be disastrous for this country. America must always lead in space technology and exploration, period!

Bruce
NJ, U.S.A.

 

 

 

I am disappointed to see our great country's leadership slip away in the race to explore the final frontier.  If we can put a man on the moon with 60s era technology, then why haven't we been back since?  With all the opportunity for advancement in this field, we have truly ignored our vast potential.  Let's stop wasting our country's money and earn back some of the international respect that we have lost over the last decade by setting a precedent.

Eric Rohland
Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

 

How can we expect the space program to function when our government is broken? The bickering going on between the Republicans and the Democrats has now become so serious that it threatens the entire world and yet, they don't care. Bicker, bicker, bicker. In a society of adults, we would have realized that getting off this rock is of paramount importance; not so much for the act of doing so but for the development of the technology that would enable it. We should have used the shuttles to construct an inflatable space station in equatorial orbit and used that as a construction/refueling site for moon ships so we could learn to live in space before venturing to Mars or even to an asteroid. But, no... no money. No money? No foresight. No leadership. Just bicker, bicker, bicker...fueled by hate radio. Future space? Not till we grow up.

 

Lyle Wood, Executive Producer, The Science Minute Radio Program

Tampa, Florida

 

 

 

I'm not an American but I've been inspired by NASA and exploration via human spaceflight. In a way the Shuttle's passing is a blessing in disguise. I believe it will encourage the development of safe, clean propulsion systems that don't use chemicals. Based on new eco technologies that learn from nature (golden mean, fractal) to create electromagnetic propulsion systems that can lift craft out of the gravity well. It's time for the USA to move beyond the chemical rocket to something more fitting to the 21st century.

 

Barney Holmes

UK

 

 

 

The future of humankind inevitably leads to space. Our choice has already been made, we are systematically damaging our only home, our precious Earth. Our future in energy has only one viable long term option: Space Based Solar. Our only reasonable path is the path to the nearby planets and objects, i.e. the Moon and Mars. Even thinking we have a choice is fantasy. We MUST establish orbital presence and thence to the stars, regardless of the risk. Our survival as a species dictates this.

 

M. Duquette

Northwest, USA

 

 

 

I hope were not taking a step backwards and I hope a new shuttle will eventually come through. We need to stop spending money on useless wars and focus on exploration.

 

Jerry

Marysville. Ca.

 

 

 

The medical and intelligent knowledge, of the making of the universe that can be gained through real-time space travel and exploration, would be astronomical as some inventions and discoveries have been brought to mind in the past. The information gained that would benefit mankind would far outweigh the cost. For the United States to back off/out from interacting with other countries in exploration of our Solar System now would be a big detriment to the development of the human race. It certainly would prolong any medical discoveries that could be found through space exploration. It's really sad to see this happening. The enthusiasm of the Kennedy era has regretfully waned. The dormant U.S. will not remain the leader in Space travel for long. China will be the new leader in a 250 mile debris infested planet Earth.

 

Mike Garuto

Binghamton, NY USA

 

 

 

Space means the Ultimate Frontier. Humanity and, indeed, life itself *need* frontiers as doorways to adventure, new knowledge, massive economic gain, and room for the future -- for the body, the mind, and the spirit. We need to study, explore, and settle everywhere possible in the Solar System and beyond, not only for humanity's sake, but to give all Earthly life its chance -- for all living worlds eventually die, and only by venturing into space can Earth's life go on after our home world is dead. We also need to remain at par militarily with other nations, not to dominate other nations, but rather to make sure that none of them can dominate us, either. America and Americans need everything space has to offer us. We pioneered the first baby steps onto another world, the Moon, and in many other ways related to space. Not to continue on, building on what we've already done, is unthinkable. Space means the future, and survival, and transcendence -- to turn our backs on it means death and extinction.

 

Yael R Dragwyla

Seattle, WA

 

 

 

NASA must focus on big projects like a lunar outpost and beyond, While commercial industry tackles the low-ground in orbit!, Go SpaceX!

 

Richard Schroeder

Newark, CA

 

 

 

America needs to establish a permanent human presence on the surface of the Moon so that we can begin to exploit the water resources at the lunar poles in order to reduce the cost of manned and unmanned space travel within cis-lunar space and beyond.

 

Marcel F. Williams

California

 

 

 

The future of humanity lies in space whether it be greed or ambition. I think the outlet to space would resemble the unexplored regions of earth some time ago and release the tensions of an over populated planet. I hope the government will help the private sector to come up with transportation to continue the future of space travel.

 

dkingwr

Colorado

 

 

 

The knowledge of spaces structure is the most powerful information in the world. The future of space is truly unimaginable in every sense of the word and America should be 100% committed to going in that direction.

 

Joe

Temecula, CA

 

 

 

I for one am not that concerned about the cost of space travel for exploration purposes. I am just against it for the sake of pure science only. I hate to say this, but mankind needs to fully exploit space for the near limitless resources available out there. Unlike earth which at the present time is our only habitable biosphere, space for the most part is dead. Exploiting it would be no different than getting oil from a desert. We need to explore it, survey it, and locate all the usable resources we can. Then figure out how to get it to earth safely and at a reasonable price. Making it profitable and useful. This would relieve a lot of the stress we are putting on this planet, and maybe lessen the chance of an extreme future conflict over natural resources. I know it sounds farfetched, but we are by nature a migratory creature. Space is the only place left for us to migrate to.

 

Jarvis L. Byrd Sr.
Redford, Mi.

 

 

 

I was 12 years old when President Kennedy gave his "Space Race" speech, and just turned 19 when the Eagle touched down on the moon. I think that something like that almost unimaginable goal, so many years ago is what we need right now. I live in California's Silicon Valley, and during those years almost everyone here was either directly or indirectly involved with the Space Program.,  We need to get our heads and hearts all pointed in the same direction again and get away from the bad news of two wars, crappy economy, and even worse leadership from the White House, Congress, and Senate.,  I hope I'm still alive when that "Next Big Thing" is announced. Then I'll be assured that my son and his children will have those same awestruck moments that I did.

DL Hanson
California

 

 

 

The United States of America has at least two viable options in private sector launch capabilities to sustain its mission in space following the conclusion of the space shuttle program. Utilize private industry. This keeps the program in the United States with CSA support.

 

Stan Taylor
Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

It means everything to me, my family and our country. The spin off keeps us # 1 in technology and education. by requiring answers to problems. These answers provide new inventions, products, hi tech jobs that benefit all mankind in so many ways.

Joe
Florida

 

 


Look at Earth before Space.

 

Amaterasu Kanki
Japan

 

 

 

The space program is likely the single most important thing we can do to assure the future of our children and humanity.  Without it we will continue to live in an overpopulated world and burn fossil fuels.

 

Jason
Ohio

 

 

 

I think in future space is nothing like our earth. But it’s not the best way to design space with houses, and all with vehicle pollution. It’s our mankind's dream. We have to utilise the resource in a proper manner. In the future there will be no America or no any other continent due to Globalisation, Now itself the world is becoming one. So we can dream our future in space."SPACE IS NOTHING BUT A DREAM. ALL DREAMS MAY NOT COME TRUE. BUT THE DREAM OF SPACE COMES TRUE WITHIN 50-100 YEARS." Live the life with such colorful dreams & give them to our next generation.

 

Hima Sarma

India

 

 

 

Beautiful.

 

Georgette

New Jersey

 

 

 

The example of SpaceX proves that clean-sheet designs are sometimes superior to the old model of evolving legacy designs. Initially, the legacy of the past is an investment that pays off in the future, but eventually it grows to the point of being a burden. Take your best, brightest, and most energetic people. Co-locate them in one facility. Keep the team small. You'd be surprised how much gets done in just a few years. It will revolutionize your technology.

 

Kendall Auel

Tualatin, OR

 

 

 

For me future space is a wondrous thing. I hope one day we will walk among the stars landing on planets much like our own. I believe we will have a Star Trek University where we can educate hundreds of thousands of people to work and live in space. One day, after humankind has finally learned to live in peace with each other, there will be no stopping the progress humans will make in space. We are explorers. Space is there to explore. Right now we move backwards, in our education, in our space programs, in every way that could help create a brighter tomorrow in space and here on earth. It will not always be this way. Our elected officials are doing a poor job of creating a better tomorrow. Like the farmer who cuts back his calves on feed to save money. In the end the farmer will have succeeded in creating an entire generation of sickly animals who will never live up to their full potential.

 

Sandina Mayberry
United States

 

 

 

The future is now. Don't let it pass you by. The 14 trillion dollar debt could've colonized the Moon, Mars, and the Asteroid belt. We have to go private now to make up for lost time. If we can't colonize the moon by the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 then we are being deliberately held back. Why?

 

Jeff
Pennsylvania

 

 


Vacations in Space, on the Moon and beyond.

 

Tim Gaughan
Granby, CT

 

 

 

I will probably build a real Spacecraft when I get the funds. It will use the technology of the Flying Saucer, which I offered to NASA in 1980 and was rejected as it would not use rockets anymore. The invention of Gravity Control, evaluated by the Hudson Institute at $600 Billion if the USA would have it before Russia was not used and the reason that NASA should not be involved in Space Travel anymore. Look at One Terminal Capacitor.

Joseph Hiddink
Ajax, Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

Landing on Mars (quickly searching for life) & developing a project to study the debating exoplanet Europa.

 

Jesus A. Cruz
Los Angeles, CA

 

 


I think we should build something that no one could imagine. I think we should build a ship that is big enough that you have to have a taxi ship to get from earth to it. I think all the countries should help in doing this. Pretty soon we are not going to be satisfied with just the solar system we are living in and want to go farther into deep space and travel back to earth to show what you find. Our country should be the first to talk to scientists to try to do this. We are putting time and effort to something that we could do together. Do one good thing right is better than doing ten projects wrong or half done.

 

Unknown

 

 

 

I think everyone is thinking too small about how to go along with building a ship. I think we should build one that can support lots of people using technology all over the world. Why just the Moon or Mars when we could go to other solar systems. I think you should get private investors to help you do this all over the world or countries who want to share in this project and make something that can with stand anything and can go anywhere. We have been doing small projects for 60 years. Let’s branch out a little and do something that is going to really help us out and be productive. I am also tired of seeing rockets to put us into space. Why can't we use a hover type system with built in rockets to put on a ship and a cooling system to help with overheating at times if it happens. Why can't this be built into a space ship to reach the atmosphere? Why has our technology not reached this level?? We should have ships that can enter and exit orbit of our planet without rocket boosters. Rocket boosters are the thing of the past.

 

Amber Wilson
Nashville, TN

 

 

 

We quit going to the moon, why? We are giving up on our shuttles (I know they are aging and it is time for something newer and better), again, why? It looks like we are going BACK to 40 years ago with the NEW proposed rockets!!!, what the heck is that all about, are you kidding me., 50-plus years of technologies and the best they can come up with is OLD tech???, a "Capsule", for Gods' sake...., we DESERVE better. The Gov't has definitely let us down, again. a capsule should be used as an EMERGENCY delivery system, not the main thing. Vastly disappointed in American Ingenuity.

 

RB

Florida

 

 

 

Have you ever thought of sending a tunnel boring machines to the moon fed by solar power on the surface to build a underground industrial and living quarters safe from harmful sun solar flares? starting with a modular large airlock entry point into the base of a moon hill towards several underground levels and use moon based minerals into building living quarters entensions as well industrial fabrication to launch to mars and beyond?

 

Anthony
Western Australia

 

 

 

The direction we seem to be headed in terms of space exploration has dire consequences. The history of our species is one driven by curiosity and exploration. Never have we ever regretted setting out to explore. It is in our DNA. Without it we begin stagnation as a species. Imagine a future where humans have colonized space. We live on the moon. Thriving mining colonies dot the asteroid belt. Millions of people live out their lives in giant habitats orbiting at L5 near the moon. Some have even set out for nearby star systems on one way trips that philosophically will be indistinguishable from the great migrations of the Polynesians in the Pacific and Europeans to the New World 400 years ago. Without these grand scale challenges, we will not grow. Technical and scientific discoveries will be stunted. Our nature is to rise to challenges. I fear that we've turned away from those challenges. And without these grand possibilities our children have little to look forward to. The newness of the future will hold little allure for them. And we ultimately go extinct if we stay on planet Earth. That is the ultimate certainty concerning our fate.... If we stay here. For a moment consider this: somewhere out there is a comet or asteroid that WILL kill us all on Earth. I vote for human curiosity, ingenuity, and creativity to fulfill our space fairing destiny.

 

Michael Jones

Edmonds, Washington USA, Planet Earth, Sol Solar System, Orion-Cygnus Arm, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Virgo Super Cluster, Known Universe

 

 

 

Time to clean up the 'Space Junk' and with the technologies developed to reclaim space debris will provide a manufacturing platform in Earth Orbit for assembling zero-gravity-produced products and medicines. Technologies developed to turn ice on the moon and mars into fuel and oxygen are desperately needed on Earth. Commercializing hydrogen fuel technologies for both celestial and terrestrial applications will boost our economy and the health of Earth's ecology.

 

Andrew Heath
Tucson, AZ

 

 

 

It means knowing about the polar shift in 2012. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but is there any possibility you guys well make a post about it?

 

Madison
Georgia

 

 

 

Yes, it is expensive, but not everything can be about money! I work in the Human Services field, and believe me, I know too well that the money saved by not having a space program will not be diverted into helping those in need! So, what space exploration means to me are the possibilities that we have has human beings, to invent ways to find out about what we don't know. The profit in this is not always financial, but spiritual, in the sense of taking us beyond what we ever thought we could do. We may never know how many people were inspired to learn and do new things that may have seemed impossible (even in small, personal ways), because of the "impossible" accomplishments of smart people who built things that can take us into space, and back.

 

SMC
Colorado

 

 

 

Future Space means the United States developing the resources of the Solar System to help Americans live longer, better and richer lives.This effort will ensure America's role as global leader in science, technology and living standards throughout the 21st century.  I'm not interested in beating our competition... I'm interested in seeing them left in the dust.

 

Jim Rohrich
Montana

 

 

 

Aside from the science discoveries and educational benefits, the space program develops many useful products and innovations for use by millions of people right here on earth. There is the joke going around from people who can’t see the value of space exploration. They say “all the space programs gave us was Tang and Velcro.” It is supposed to be funny and it is. However, as with most scientific endeavors, discoveries and innovation are usually (but not always) a step by step process.

NASA Spinoff is a website that discusses inventions and ideas that we use in everyday life. Some inventions include;  lightweight materials used in vehicles, heat blankets and other thermal insulation and protective fabrics, water purification,  memory foam, kidney dialysis machines that use less electricity and water supply, ear thermometers,  wireless headsets, carbon monoxide detectors, freeze dried technology, software development, athletic shoes and many other items. I’m sure the same people who criticize the space program use its inventions every day and don’t even know it. There is also a fun site that shows household products room by room.

Bonnie
Burbank, CA

 

 

 

Future space is the future of mankind.  We have explored our globe extensively and should continue to explore our solar system and beyond.  We could establish bases on the moon.  We could create cities for our expanding population...we could mine the many minerals available on these planets.  Actually, we have only just begun.....

 

Wayland Tenkku
Saint Charles, MO

 

 

 

A flower that grows and does not stop and a shape called the inner circle (><) and a plane that looks like a car.

 

Zoe Shiri

Cape Town, South Africa

 

 

 

Honestly space and cosmology means everything to me and it shouldn’t be just me, it should be to everyone that cares what we do to our planet and how it treats us and the fact that we really don’t know what’s completely and utterly out there, hence why we had eighteen minutes to react to debris going by the space station yesterday and the fact that we just recognized another comet just outside Jupiter’s orbit just a little while ago. You know it goes back on something I truly believe even though I still don’t want to, but it was said that "there is more people working in just one McDonalds store than there are people watching the skies" for planet killing and well life killing asteroids or more importantly the skies. I think if we don’t do something to get more funding so we can have more people out there teaching others to do what I think is critical to the future of mankind then we simply will not survive this era of man to be something more to anyone that is either watching us now or years from now might be. Let’s be totally honest here, if there is life able to live in some of the most harshest environments in space, other planets, moons and comets and even in the deep reaches of our oceans, then even if the universe is a multiverse or not or infinite of definite then isn’t it safe to say that we aren’t the only ones that can produce great technology to hopefully fly into space and travel great distances and to learn what we must to understand this cocoon that we live in to better ourselves and the universe. The universe can and will teach us a lot more than we think we know today. I mean what is science really, trial and error, we learn from our mistakes and try to make them better, I think, don’t we?

Nikolaus M. Morris
Minot, ND

 

 

 

To continue the current shuttle program until an improved system is developed using both government and private research. Giving our leadership up to the Russians, Chinese and Europeans isn't in the best interest of United States. President Obama cares about America’s future, and the space program is part of that future.

 

R Young
Florida

 

 

 

Possibly meeting new forms life or new technology, and hopefully form friendships, but also, they may not be benevolent, let us all pray it will be a good first contact other than solar "monster" flares, end of time, Or Mayan 25,000 year doomsday event. I just want to see some of the older and newer military air and space vehicles."DECLASSIFIED" of course. I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND ITS ESSENTIAL SECRETS.

 

Derek Cofield
Charleston, SC

 

 

 

It is developing technology in a higher level, and after the progress is developed, then common everyday uses are found for it. It is chasing dreams, and then looking back at how far you have come.

 

Sondra Ballard
Las Vegas, NV

 

 

 

When I was 3 years old (1969) my mother brought me out to the Vehicle Assembly Building on family day at Kennedy Space Center where my Dad worked. I have a small photo of me standing next to the Apollo Saturn V as it rolled to the launch pad. Forty-two years later I help design and produce the rocket propulsion systems that the USA uses today. When I look back at that photo, I wonder what my two children think of the space programs of today. I'm not sure they see what I saw in 1969.

 

Jeff Haynes
Stuart, FL

 

 

 

Future space is not just another frontier, not just another place to spend dollars. It is, as previous explorers identified America, the New World. And, as John F. Kennedy, the one who brought America to space dominance in the first place, said, we must do this "not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win..." We should reach interstellar space because we must, and we must because this planet has seen us for plenty of years now. We can afford to leave it for a little while.

 

Robert Berry
Erie, Michigan

 

 

 

America has led the way in discovery and exploration in space that has allowed the world to grow incredibly during our lifetimes. This is because we were willing to dedicate the resources that allowed us to discover where we came from so that we can better shape and actively participate in where we are going. This willingness to be leaders in space has resulted in significant gains not only in science and our understanding of the universe but in the practical application of significantly improving life on this planet. To abandon our leadership role now will rob our children and their children of the birthright of a bright and promising future. We are better than this and we need to do everything that is necessary to preserve and hand on our leadership in space as an enduring legacy.

 

Robert Fargo
California

 

 

 

I don't think people realize how many of things we enjoy as a civilized society are the direct result of our access to space. It's very concerning to me that essentially, America has no plan on what we're going to do next with respect to our space program. I wasn't old enough to remember our American astronauts setting foot on the moon, but seeing those clips, and hearing that scratchy radio reel about "one small step...." always inspires me and makes me so proud. The situation we're in right now with respect to future space is very discouraging.

 

Heather A. Walley
Fort Worth, Texas

 

 

 

Short-term, we cannot depend on foreign government programs to get us to and from the Space Station. Long-term let's get a moon station program developed, so we can then do Mars.

 

Steve Hart
Kansas

 

 


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