NASA Future: Charlie Bolden’s Emotion

NASA Future: Charlie Bolden’s Emotion
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The space race was a consequence of the cold war, a competition between two super powers to control Earth orbit and be the first to walk on the Moon. But beyond these imperatives, leaving Earth for Space was a continuation of our eternal quest for new frontiers. We didn’t go to space because we are able to do so but rather because we wanted to go there.

The financial disaster that stroke the world two years ago, left many dreams unfulfilled, brutally casting people into the cruel reality of in distressed economies. Cynically, bailouts have kept alive those who initiated the cataclysm while letting others perishing in silence. In these dire times, the space conquest seems so foolish, so irresponsible. How can we possibly think to return to the moon while the nation is struggling to economically recover? How can we still believe that the path to our resurrection passes through the path to the stars? How could we believe that finance and speculation would eternally produce wealth and value? How could we possibly imagine that consumerism and low rate mortgages would build a nation?

Beyond the justified criticism about the Space Shuttle Program, there is something pure and noble about Nasa’s mission: bringing together the best of human sciences and technologies, to achieve a dream and surpass ourselves as human beings.

We don’t go to space because we dream of it. We go to space with this profound conviction that this will makes us better beings, far from the sordidness of our terrestrial lives.

The emotion expressed by NASA’s administrator Charles Bolden during the BBC interview underneath, encompasses all these thoughts, that can hardly be expressed by words and only be felt by those who vibrate with every space flight.

“Nasa’s space shuttles have just four more missions before the fleet’s 28-year service is brought to an end. In an emotional interview, the US space agency’s administrator Major-General Charles Bolden told Philippa Thomas of his feelings about the craft’s retirement and his hopes for the future of space exploration.”

Source and Video on the BBC News Site:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8599671.stm