The leading edge of exploration is never easy, never safe. But those who dare to do such exploring do it on behalf of us all. It is not just to expand our knowledge. In ways we cannot foresee, it can—indeed, may turn out to be essential to—help our world survive.
I just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir. I enjoyed it a lot, especially the exhaustive details—and the attitude. NASA isn’t the only place you can find it, but it has been damned hard to find elsewhere. As shorthand … Continued