Space Shuttle

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Today. with the take off of Atlantis, the final Space Shuttle mission was successfully launched. This is an end of an era. The United States will no longer have its owe way to put Americans astronauts in space. It is also sadly another sign of American’s waning support for space explorations, science and dreaming big.

Some might consider NASA and/or human space travel a wasteful use of government resources. Yet at its core it is a program designed to expand not only the United State’s but all of humanity’s knowledge, technology, imagination and physical reach. It carries the hope of finding away to preserve the existence of the human race in the event of a truly global catastrophe.

These are noble goals I consider infinitely more worthy of our continued support than say spending the equivalent of NASA entire yearly budget on a  few weeks policing decades old feuds among Pashtun tribesmen to prop up one of the world’s most corrupt and incompetent central governments.

America once dreamed big about the future. Now all we talk about is how to make the regular Americans retirements less secure to fund our endless foreign wars and tax cuts for millionaires.

 

 

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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