January 29, 2014
Like most people, I was enthralled by the pictures of Neil Armstrong landing and walking on the moon. For most of the Apollo missions, I watched the landings and images of astronauts on the moon. I became a member of the Planetary Society when governments seemed to balk at the high costs involved. I value the Society because it is not simply a lobby group but is actively engaged in research and projects such as the light sail initiative and efforts to support the search for meteors that could threaten Earth. World governments need to be pushed along to pay the price of exploring space including setting up colonies on the Moon and Mars. Apart from the excitement that space exploration brings, it would be nice to have some place to run to.
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.