I’d like to acknowledge July 20th is probably the coolest day of human history. Specifically 1969. It was the first time a human being ever stepped onto a piece of land that was not Earth and we began our off world exploration of other places. Our journey is currently suspended, but I’d like to remind everyone on this day that it is not over. Our species must at some point scatter ourselves amongst the heavens for any chance at long-term survival. When we are all centrally located, we are to mimic the fate of the dinosaurs. In some regards, space travel is paramount to all other human concerns in that way.

While the American space program is indefinitely on hold, private citizens are stepping up to flip the bill for further research and the cool idea of space travel for all is slowly beginning to take hold. There is a tremendously long wait for this to become affordable for the average citizen, but luckily, all our indications do lead us down that path in a timely enough manner for it to become doable. Programs like SpaceX have already sent rockets into space without any government assistance whatsoever and currently have their sights on visiting Mars. Our grandchildren may be the ones to see this happen. We may even be fortunate to witness this if we live so long. Remember it has been speculated the first person ever to live to 150 years old has probably already been born.

There’s a lot going on to be excited about. It’s been a bit of a sad year to those strongly promoting we don’t give up our programs, but progress is not on hold. That is something I, myself, am extremely happy about. Mars may be our next big step in our goal of protecting ourselves from total annihilation in the face of one planet of trillions being destroyed. I hope we see it happen. In the meantime, take the day to remember it was only 42 years ago today that we began spreading ourselves to other worlds. I submit we’ll see it again without having to sit through Transformers 3.

-Ian
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