[FPSPACE] Last Few Hours in History of Unmanned Space?
Mon, 30 Oct 2000 16:12:24 EST
Last Few Hours in History of Unmanned Space?
If ISS succeeds over the next few years, and other small and large platforms
are established in 10-20 years by other entities both governmental and
commercial, continuous human presence beyond Earth may become a perpetual
state. As I type these words, these may be the last few moments in the
history of this planet when all earthborn life was restricted to Earth
itself. Building a permanent space station may be THAT significant, and is
one more reason to wish the project well. What brought us this far is "runway
behind us" and arguments over routes and strategies is a subject for future
historians. It's what ahead of us -- if we're clever and bold enough -- that
needs concentration on at this hour.
October 30, 2000