Aim for Profit!
glenn robinson, retired EE
November 26, 2012
Why should we climb out of a deep gravity well, just to occupy another one? Luna and (preferably) smaller bodies can serve for natural way stations to the extent we need them. For species survival, we should align development efforts toward a self-sustaining spacefaring economy. An early goal should be a functionally self-replicating, 90% self-sustaining, rather low-tech pilot plant for processing asteroid material into useable construction materials and commercial by-products. If we do not quickly achieve a sustainable space economy, neither will we sustain space science and exploration.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.