"The thing I want people to take away is the example of international collaboration that created and built the space station. It's just awe-inspiring."
Only one week of classes stands between Boston University's student body and spring break, and the halls are ringing with the ever-popular question, "Where are you going?"
It is time to declare that the goal of the United States in space is the settlement of the solar system, from low Earth orbit to the Moon and Mars.
Recent deep funding cuts by the Administration and Congress for NASA's space exploration programs are turning the final frontier into an ever-receding dream.
I was lucky enough to be selected for the Valentine's Day TweetUp at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. 150 followers of the @NASA account randomly chosen and invited to come to DC and meet with astronaut Ron Garan.
Nine years ago today, I'd been visiting Washington D.C. with a group from my church when we'd heard that the Space Shuttle Columbia had been lost on reentry.
It's both funny and remarkable how some of the most simple and natural acts we do each day are teeming in science. Take for example, the kiss.
Heck, I'm as excited as the next guy about glorious pictures of an expanding universe and finding those sneaky scorpions on Venus, but the ultimate purpose of space flight and all human explorations must be to expand the realm of human presence and deliver a brighter future for all.
Crazy may not be the one who says the sun is the center of the solar system, the Earth is round and someday people might fly. It may be those who laugh at such words whose minds are lost.
Even though I was negative seven at the time of the accident, I salute the Challenger 7, and the opportunities they gave my generation. Because they were flying for me, too.
President Obama's attempts to reform NASA have been gestures in the right direction, but he has been tepid in this, as in so many other things. But a President Gingrich might be able to get real money for space.
The idea of life on Venus is not given much credence by most mainstream scientists because of the extreme surface temperatures, which can exceed 800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Throughout my childhood social studies classes, I was told that we study history so we can learn from our mistakes and successes. To not pursue space exploration is to spit in the face of this lesson.
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