Aphelion Editorial 082
by Dan L. Hollifield
The Usual Rant from the Aphelion Senior Editor
It seems like there just isn't enough time to do
everything that needs to be done. Whenever I finish one task, five more
pop up demanding my attention. And they all want to be done now!
(Grin) How can I schedule everything that I need to do? Easy, I can't.
I'll just have to do as much as I can and hope I run out of projects
before I run out of time. Time is a non-renewable resource, unlike
money. I can't just make more, earn more.
Scheduling time just to sit down and write has become
a hassle. But I know I need to raise the priority on this item. I seem
to spend an hour every day just dealing with e-mail and spam, then
another hour catching up on the Aphelion Lettercol and the other few
websites I check out regularly. Then I try to write something,
anything, just to be writing. Eventually, I get things done. Its the
offline tasks that keep eating away at my time. Some things will just
have to go in order for me to make time for more important things.
Sort of like what NASA says it wants to do in order to
go back to the Moon and then on to Mars. I absolutely hate
the idea of allowing the Hubble telescope to die, to back out of the
ISS, and to let the remaining shuttles turn to rust. I know that going
to the Moon and Mars is going to take boatloads of money, and that
corners are going to have to be cut to do it, but that still doesn't
make the reality any more palatable. I'm hoping someone can come up
with some alternatives before we lose anything irreplaceable.
I'm a firm believer that exploring space should be a
world-wide project. We humans need the resources and we're going to
need the room. And I also believe that new technological advances are
going to come from all over the globe. The US is not going to be able
to manage it alone. Besides, invention knows no national boundaries.
(For instance; Tesla was Serbo-Croatian, Einstein was German- even
though they worked in the US it is still a valid point. No country
holds the patent on genius.) Someone needs to start looking at
everything everyone is doing now, so we can eventually piece together
the breakthroughs that will make the colonization of the Moon, the
asteroids, Mars, orbital habitats, deep space probes, and everything
that we've been reading about for years. Humanity has the need- not any
one country on the planet, but all of us. We're going to have to learn
to work together. Or we're just not going to be able to do the job.
That's the bottom line from my personal point of view. Everyone is
going to contribute a piece of the puzzle. Everyone will have to work
together. I don't delude myself that the task of international
cooperation will be easy, but if we humans want space exploration to
remain more than the subject of entertainment then we're going to have
to work together.
There really is no other way.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled reading...
© 2004 Dan L. Hollifield
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