December 10, 2013
One of my enduring chldhood memories is the night sky I saw from my rural town in New York state. I remember northern lights, and stars and constellations that I can no longer see due to the night lights of civilization. When we first went to the moon, I hoped that an endless frontier had been opened for humanity. To me it became the evolutionary equivalent of earlier Earth sea creatures migrating to dry land. If we can regain our nerve and sense of adventure, we may hope to live in the endless frontier. Who knows what we may find -and/or become.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.