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  •  There's never been any greater reason (3+ / 0-)
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    Ender, oak park progressive, SQD35R

    to risk human life, nor any greater consolation to the bereaved when the dice come up snake eyes (small though any consolation ever is).  Of how many people can it be said their deaths added significantly to the knowledge and capability of all mankind, and laid down a paving stone on the road to an infinite future?  Most of us live simply to live, and our deaths are a largely pointless end to that effort.  

    Astronauts are something more, and always will be, forever.  When low Earth orbit is teeming with ordinary people enjoying a relatively safe adventure, astronauts will be out there risking their lives on the Moon, on Mars, exploring asteroids, and dying when the unforeseen collides with the limits of technology.  When those places are tamed and populated, they'll be out there in the outer solar system among the icy moons, gas giants, and objects more distant still.  And when everything that orbits Sol is a hive of human civilization, they will be out there among the stars, living the unfathomable reality of what we only vaguely glimpsed through the imagination of Gene Roddenberry.    

    Pour yourself into the future.

    by Troubadour on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:54:48 PM PST

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