We here at GFR are obviously huge supporters of advancing exploration of and expansion into space in whatever form it can take. And while the private sector seems more ambitious about space exploration than ever before, it seems like every other day we hear a new story about how NASA’s funding has dwindled to a stack of scratch-off lotto tickets and $0.73 in loose change. Since it’s a government entity, NASA will always be subject to the whims of politicians, and there’s generally not much we can do about that other than voting for people who support the space program. Now a U.S. government committee has invited space proponents to speak up about what role human spaceflight should play in our future.
Given how prevailing anti-science attitudes seem to be these days, the space program could use all the proponents it can get. It’s a chance to speak up, for whatever that’s worth. You can submit your thoughts, no more than four pages in length, via the U.S. National Academies of Science website right here. The deadline for submissions is July 9. Here are the details: