Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Case for Space

Your nerd sensors will probably go off on this post but one of my favorite science fiction shows ever is Babylon 5.  To this day, I remember the case that was made for going into space by Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in the first season:

Mary Ann Cramer: I have to ask you the same question people back home are asking about space these days. Is it worth it? Should we just pull back? Forget the whole thing as a bad idea, and take care of our own problems, at home.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair: No. We have to stay here. And there's a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes, and - all of this - all of this - was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars.

Kind of puts things into perspective now doesn't it?  Bravo to Newt for trying to get us off our collective duffs.

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