In the run-up to this year’s State of the Union address, I’m sure that there were many
of us out there holding out hope for the announcement of some grand space vision,
something that would cement the hopes and dreams we have for the next great leap.
However, in trying to define our future in space, and more importantly the leadership
of that future, we too often look to our Congressional and Executive officials to set the
agenda. As we’ve seen over the past several decades, these visions rarely last longer than
the next election cycle.
We are the ones who know where we want to go, and yet there are those of us who
keep waiting on our governments, on those with only a passing interest, to give us
confirmation that it is OK to go. Why do many of us insist on relying on others to set
the goals and agendas, to define the ambitions, to grant the permissions that by rights we
should be governing ourselves?
Where then are our leaders? The ones who will carry us along further into space than we
ever hoped? The truth is that those leaders are us. Leadership in space is ...