[FPSPACE] translation of that poem, & some thoughts
bill at wwheaton.com
Tue Feb 17 15:21:43 EST 2015
How very sad.
I am no great fan of any of our nationalisms, yet I must sympathize with
those who yearn to be proud of their country. We all need to love our
communities, for all their faults.
For what it is worth, I am certain that those of us who look towards the
expansion of earth life into the Solar System, and eventually out into
the wider cosmos, will never forget the great contributions the USSR and
Russia have made to the progress of our dream.
Sputnik was a giant step, a historic advance, and that can never be
taken away from the Russian people. Likewise the flights of Gagarin and
Titov. That these encouraged the US to drastically expand our own
program may well have great and valuable consequences for the future,
which cannot now be foreseen.
Many of us are very disappointed and worried about the slowness of our
progress in the great program of human spaceflight, as about the current
states of our individual societies, and of the world.
Yet I remain convinced that the only hope for us in the future is to
remain focused on our common dream, as on our common interests. The
arguments in favor of space exploration are just as compelling as they
were in the beginning, and the essential technical elements needed have
advanced far in the past fifty years. These advances will go on,
regardless of the chaos introduced by human politics.
And, in our own lifetimes, we have seen the Solar System!
Please let us stand together to conquer it, "for all humankind".
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