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- adjective Engaged in the launching of vehicles into outer space or in journeying through space.
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- adjective of a nation Engaged in the
buildingand launchingof vehiclesinto space.
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- noun a voyage outside the Earth's atmosphere
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That's why the Vision made such a point about using the resources of the Moon -- it's close, we know what's there, and it's the perfect place to learn the skills we need to create real, long-term spacefaring capability.
The Space Review has called Planetes “probably the most broad, detailed, and realistic televised vision of a near-term spacefaring future that has aired anywhere.”
It turns out the shuttle wasn't as safe as people thought, so NASA gave up on making a spacefaring society, and went back to its roots of exploration (NASA meatball logo, and bringing back the term 'astronaut'.)
In my opinion, that's the way it should be, if we are truly going to become a spacefaring society.
Nick can bring these accomplishments of today into focus, understands how to bring our spacefaring civilization into the minds of kids, and is committed to sharing the imperatives of space exploration that many of us feel with millions more.
By neutral flagged, I mean an EML transfer station plus RLLs owned and operated by an entity such as Singapore or Isle of Man or another "entrepot" which can provide lunar access to any spacefaring nation that can get itself to that EML transfer station.
Creating a true spacefaring society should be the aim of any exploration program.
A neutral flagged EML Gateway with RLLs that allowed every spacefaring nation access to the lunar surface could help instigate a genuine "Moon-rush" of competition, driven by national prestige, even if tangible economic return is delayed for decades.
Yes, absolutely that facility would be governed by a sovereign power subject to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 but it would be a sovereign capable of achieving diplomatic balance with the other spacefaring powers.
The overall goal of human spaceflight should be to establish a spacefaring society.