“Mining the Sky” by John S. Lewis

“Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets and Planets” by John S. Lewis is the story of how every human being on Earth and their descendents can live like kings if we only try. The book opens with a quote from William Jennings Bryan:

Destiny is not a matter of chance—
it is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for—
it is a thing to be achieved.

That, quite simply, is a summary of where we are today. Just as we chose to “go to the Moon and do the other things”, we can choose to expand the horizon of human existence beyond this one blue marble and bring the riches of the solar system to our feet, or we can stay outside the store looking through the glass at the toys we will never have.

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Space Elevator in Seven Years?

Keith Curtis writes an interesting blog post on how to create a space elevator in 7 years. As a kid in the 1960s, I was motivated by the Apollo landings to become interested in space exploration. By the time I was graduating college in 1986, I looked seriously at the aerospace industry as a place for a career. Once I looked into it seriously, I became incredibly disheartened. The magic and joy of NASA’s early days had been completely displaced by the dysfunctional rhythms of a self-sustaining government bureacracy. Keith’s idea could be the ticket that rekindles the magic and joy of space exploration once again and opens the frontier to the ordinary person, not just hand-picked NASA test pilots that spend 20 years waiting for a single mission.