In response to Jim Bell's email, 05 December 2012, asking: " What might the future be like without space exploration? ", I offer the following - - Space exploration in general, and NASA's contribution in particular represent to me the flowering of human scientific and engineering achievement. Returning to a world without the work of NASA, ESA, etc. would be the equivalent of returning to the "Dark Ages". I have been a "fan" of space exploration since the mid 1940's when many possibilities were presented in various magazines and books. Unfortunately, at my age (78, and counting) it is unlikely I will ever be able to watch a man or woman leave footprints on Mars in my lifetime.
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