There are lots of shows on TV that talk about traveling amongst the stars and, according to http://www.direct2tv.com, there are dozens of science and sci-fi channels that feature programs on the topic exclusively. There’s even a channel with a feed into the ISS (International Space Station).
Lots of people are talking about space travel but no one really seems to be doing anything about that. Many are happy to engage in Astronomy, which is what this blog mostly focuses on, which is the study of space and stars and planets – however no one seems ready to make that leap.
Part of the problems stems from the aftermath of the Space Race with the Soviets. Back in the day, we had a clear objective to put a man on the moon before our “enemies” could do it first. It was a petty and vain grab at supremacy that required lots of money and effort.
However, once we got to the moon, we found a rock. An enormous, round, crater-filled rock. After that, interest slowly sank. No one wanted to fun trips into space when we could send robots or satellites and even those initiatives take decades to complete.
Even now, when it seems like space travel and expansion are becoming less like possibilities and more like mandates, we see little movement. And one must wonder what the early pioneers of science fiction would say if they could see our space programs now.