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John S. Lewis "Banquet Address: Worlds Without End" (1997 SSI Conference)

5 May 2013, 17:58 UTC
John S. Lewis "Banquet Address: Worlds Without End" (1997 SSI Conference)
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John S. Lewis: Two years ago, I used this same podium, (what Teddy Roosevelt referred to as a "bully pulpit") to look forward about 600 years into the future. Tonight, I'd like to reverse the tables, and look back. An anniversary is always a good time to look back, and tonight it's most appropriate to look back twenty years, to a time when I had not yet developed an interest in space resources. It's hard to believe, but it was actually eighteen years ago that I joined Gerry O'Neill's bandwagon. It was twenty years ago that Gerry founded SSI. We all entertain a wide variety of different goals, and differ in the things that we wish to achieve, but we also still follow Gerry's dream even when our individual preferences differ.The events of the last twenty years have so far failed to gratify our desires, but they have given us a wide range of new discoveries of new resources that can be brought to bear on achieving those goals: ice in the polar regions of the Moon and Mercury; completely unforeseen armadas of Earth-approaching asteroids; tantalizing hints of a wet and wild early history of Mars; even evidence that suggests ...

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