|All dressed up with nowhere to go?|
And at the very highest level of government -- "We the people" -- what happened to our enthusiasm with space accomplishment? What are the chances enough of our fellow citizens (no matter how much we collectively spent to see The Martian, Gravity, and Interstellar) would consider a stretch goal for humanity -- and a baby step toward the safety of becoming a multi-world species -- worth funding?
But wait. Doesn't NASA currently have a White House-blessed plan to travel to an asteroid and then on to Mars? So we're told. Only (back to the Department of the Sadly Obvious), "Space experts warn Congress that NASA’s “Journey to Mars” is illusory."
I suspect we'd all be shocked if, in our current heated political season, the national space program elicited -- from any candidate, or any debate moderator -- even a modicum of interest. In the 2012 election cycle, the very mention (by Newt Gingrich) of aspiring to build a lunar colony was considered a grievous tactical error, if not something to mock.
Because if humanity is ever going to leave the cradle, we need optimists. And ideally more than just Elon Musk ...