December 11, 2013
I too remember seeing sputnik, or more precisely, its carrier unit, and not much later, the Cuba crisis, and somewhat later, I went into Czechoslovakia with the invasion. We have the opportunity to do something really great, or to annihilate ourselves, and space gives the best chance to have people of all nations to combine for the former. The Planetary Society, for me, offers the opportunity for members from all over the planet to unite in the same objective, while at the same time these fora are beginning to give the members the opportunity to contribute. For example, I doubt very many will agree with my theoretical views, but at least there is the opportunity to announce there may be different ways of viewing the problems. I think the Society is growing nicely, so keep it up!
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.