In the April and May ’04 issues of PopSci, writer Bruce Grierson examined the space exploration scene that thrives beyond the confines of NASA. The O’Neillians are holed up in the Mojave Desert building rockets. The Von Braunians want their government to build the rockets for them. Meanwhile, armchair-explorer Saganites are set to launch a real pretty solar sail. But do any of them have a chance at success? Various forms of frontier philosophy can be found online, just waiting for your insightful contributions. Check out the sci.space groups on Google to get involved in fringe-fighting debates. If the newly commercialized Russian space system appeals to the Von Braunian in you, F&P Friends and Partners bridges the gap between “us” and “them.” Link up with like minds, and let ’em know what you think.
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