Space is truly one of the final frontiers. Where else has the footprint of man not been felt? Only the deepest depths of the oceans have escaped our influence. There is, I think, more to be gained by examining our Earth’s cousins in the solar system than probing the seas here at home.
Considering the vast amount of natural resources to be gained from exploring the asteroid belt, it seems an easy enough choice to make: go forth, and conquer.
Why no government or company or investor has made such an attempt to date is puzzling. Considering the lengths to which we will go for a barrel of oil, our collective lack of will is a quandry.
Many of us can remember, if only vaguely, the thrill of seeing United States astronauts striding the moon. Have we lost that zeal, the need to explore and conquer? Or is it simply mis-directed toward the ethereal shell game of Wall Street?
To previous generations of Americans, a challenge was reason enough for the effort. “Because it was there” was motivation enough to climb mountains.
Space is still there. Quiet and unexplored. What are we waiting for?