The United States decided to get back into the space game with the first launch of the Orion spacecraft. When the last Apollo space mission flew in December of 1972, America essentially put our exploration efforts in neutral. The Space Shuttle and International Space Station became the uninspired focus. The humiliating result was the U.S. paying Russia almost $71-million per seat to get our astronauts aboard a Soyuz craft that was designed 55-years ago.
“The probability of success is difficult to
estimate; but if we never search
the chance of success is zero.”
-‘Searching for Interstellar Communications’ Giuseppe Cocconi & Philip Morrison’s Published September 1959
Leaders lead and after winning the race to the moon, we left the track to lay in the sun. Mankind saw practical benefits from what we did through the 1960s through early 70s. Yes, space is dangerous and costly. So was the launching of ships across oceans to find new lands and opportunities. It is a risk that today we have largely forgotten. The fact is earth is on the clock with no timeouts. What we do now could pay dividends sooner and later. No one knows our future on this planet. Are we willing to be the frogs in a slowly heating pot of water or do we want options?