To Mars and Beyond! In Defense of 21st Century Human Space Exploration, American-Style

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The film 2001: A Space Odyssey was released to theaters in April of 1968 and depicted a future in which humans had colonized the moon and explored the vicinity of Jupiter. Eleven years after it’s time setting, that future seems distant if not elusive. Much has happened since we so casually imagined that future of course. First there was there the close call of Apollo 13, and later the tragedies of Challenger and Columbia. Additionally, there has been a full slate of pressing concerns here on Earth to focus on. Will the dream of human beings setting foot on other planets ever be more than a science-fiction story?


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