“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Those immortal words belong to history. But in the long story of human evolution, 50 years is only the blink of an eye, hardly of import when measured against the rhythm of civilizations.
The expanding “bubble” of human activities in space. The wave front, now extending to the moon and, hopefully, beyond, represents the highest risk. As that risk becomes more understood and foundational knowledge is spread, the private sector becomes more independently and innovatively engaged. At some point, government becomes merely one actor in the ecosystem, alongside a healthy commercial economy—this is the “normalization” phase. Graphic courtesy Sandra Magnus
Fifty years is significant when measured in a human life span, affecting our ability to appreciate events; immersed in the day to day struggle of “doing” we easily can lose sight of the path we travel. Since Sputnik first launched and man set foot on the moon, the changes, evolution and expansion of human activities in space has been rapid and momentous. It is important to understand the trajectory we are on as we tackle the challenges in front of us and create our future.
The dynamic setting our course ...