We are excited to get to Anaheim and have an out-of-this-world time seeing old friends, meeting new ones and learning all we can.
Of course, the other alternative for getting off the planet is NASA and the space program. Lately our efforts in outer space — and the slow pace of space exploration — have been in the news due to both the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon and the fact that a special committee appointed by President Obama has made its recommendations on the future of the space program.
The “Pundit” wrote a piece on the matter, and it was picked up by The Weekly Standard, an important political journal in Washington, DC. The piece was titled, Jump-Starting the Space Program: The Profit Motive Would Do the Trick.
Here is an excerpt:
What actually happened to space exploration is that just before the moon landing, in 1967, the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies went into force. This treaty bans the use of nuclear weapons in outer space. More relevant to the future of space exploration, it also prohibits any nation from claiming ownership of any part of outer space. The treaty states that “outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.” And that, in a nutshell, explains why few are interested in spending money to go there.
You can read the whole thing here.