The latest video from NASA and the International Space Station…It is a pity that space exploration continues to have its budget gutted by Congress. Since the end of the space shuttle, US astronauts are reduced to hitching a ride into space. Inspiration ignites an economy, not tax cuts for the exceedingly wealthy. Consider that the great innovations in computer technology came from those who had their imaginations fired by watching men walk on the moon!

Rather than celebrate our ability to turn a profit by making a cheap car (sorry Clint!) or playing Angry Birds on a shinny tablet (sorry Steve!), let’s awake our dormant talent to astonish and awe the rest of the world once more and ignite the passions of those with the hunger in their bellies. It is time to strive for the impossible…Let’s go to Mars.

From John Gillespie Magee, Jr. –

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings…