I think a lot of people interested in space exploration tend to hear stories about the great missions, how they work technically, what we learned. But they don't really hear the story of what it takes to get a mission from scratch to the launch pad and into space.
We have to learn to become a new kind of entity on this world that has the maturity and the awareness to handle being a global species with the power to change our planet and use that power in a way that is conducive to the kind of global society we want to have.
Radiation is one of the important factors in evolution. It causes mutation, and some level of mutation is actually good for evolution.
The story of our species is one of overcoming existential risk through new forms of cooperation and innovation.
Among the plausible niches for extraterrestrial life in our solar system, the clouds of Venus are among the most accessible and the least well explained.
Even cynical, selfish people will realize, one way or the other, that it's not in their self-interest to act in self-destructive ways.
Humans are possessed, to some degree, with the power of foresight. Yet we so often learn things the hard way, through disaster.
Venus and Mars are our next of kin: they are the two most Earth-like planets that we know about. They're the only two other very Earth-like planets in our solar system, meaning they orbit close to the sun; they have rocky surfaces and thin atmospheres.
We need to have a vision of the world we want to create so that we can see ourselves as collaborators with future generations in the project of shaping it.
Our most valuable resources - creativity, communication, invention, and reinvention - are, in fact, unlimited.
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