January 31, 2012

The Overview

One of the most amazing things to come out of the space race (aside from the obvious) are the two treaties from 1967 and 1968, most especially the idea that
"the exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the province of all mankind;
And that
"astronauts are the envoys of mankind" and should be treated as such. As such, I support similar expressions and intents found in this recent state department release concerning national security in space.

State Department: "Space Security - An American Perspective" | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference: "- It is in the shared interest of all nations to help prevent mishaps, misperceptions, and mistrust.

- All nations have the right, in accordance with international law, to explore and use space for peaceful purposes, and for the benefit of all humanity. Consistent with this principle, "peaceful purposes" allows for space to be used for national and homeland security activities.

- The United States considers the space systems of all nations to have the rights of passage through, and conduct of operations in, space without interference. Purposeful interference with space systems, including supporting infrastructure, will be considered, in the U.S. view, an infringement of a nation's rights."

I strongly believe that space is the province of all humanity. I also strongly believe that the only way we, as a species, are going to have a long lasting presence in these cosmos is by working together, as one planet. I want to see, within my lifetime, not American boots on Mars, not Russian or Chinese or European boots on Mars. I want to see Human boots on Mars, I want us, as one species, to become more than we ever hoped for.

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