The power of space. Of exploration.
The next moonshot.
“Mars tugs at the human imagination like no other planet. With a force mightier than gravity, it attracts the eye to the shimmering red presence in the clear night sky.”
— John Noble Wilford
We are going to Mars.
Not just to explore. But to learn. To discover. To one day be able to inhabit it. To one day call it home.
“We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time. Getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators, and we’re already well on our way… Getting there will take a giant leap. But the first, small steps happen when our students — the Mars generation — walk into their classrooms each day. Scientific discovery doesn’t happen with the flip of a switch; it takes years of testing, patience and a national commitment to education.
When our Apollo astronauts looked back from space, they realized that while their mission was to explore the moon, they had “in fact discovered the Earth.” If we make our leadership in space even stronger in this century than it was in the last, we won’t just benefit from related advances in energy, medicine, agriculture and artificial intelligence, we’ll benefit from a better understanding of our environment and ourselves.
Someday, I hope to hoist my own grandchildren onto my shoulders. We’ll still look to the stars in wonder, as humans have since the beginning of time. But instead of eagerly awaiting the return of our intrepid explorers, we’ll know that because of the choices we make now, they’ve gone to space not just to visit, but to stay — and in doing so, to make our lives better here on Earth.”
— President Barack Obama, The 44th President of the United States
I look up at the sky every single night.
To look up at the stars that light the darkness. To see the inspiration that the vast unexplored worlds exude.
In order to reflect. To wonder about life. About what is out there and what is within. It makes me feel alone, but hopeful, free, and true to myself, all in one mass, awe-inspiring ball of energy within me.
Our lives, our childrens’ lives, and in turn our childrens’ children all depend on us to explore the unknown. To explore what beckons to us.
Space beckons to us.
The un-ventured darkness and the un-explored worlds that call to us.
We have a mission. A purpose. A calling. All to go forth. To go out and see what is out there.
Mars beckons. So we shall go.
Not only does our imagination depend on it. Not only does our humanity depend on it. But our souls depend on it.
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