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Inspired by all that has come before, and guided by clear objectives, today we set a new course for America's space program. We will give NASA a new focus and vision for future exploration. We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain a new foothold on the moon, and to prepare for new journeys to worlds beyond our own.
Provide broad-based increases in funding for research, helping to create the industries and jobs of the future. John Kerry will boost support for the physical sciences and engineering by increasing research investments in agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This funding will help with the broad areas of science and technology that will provide the foundations for economic growth and prosperity in the 21st century including:
The Issue: Government has historically asserted a monopoly on space exploration.
The Principle: Voluntary, peaceful use of outer space should not be regulated by government. Space related activity is not a proper function of any government except for the protection of the terrestrial borders of that nation and its people located within that territory.
Solutions: We support all peaceful, private, voluntary attempts to explore, industrialize and colonize any extra-terrestrial resources.
Transitional Action: We support the privatization of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Originally posted by FredT
THe US government should continue to explore space!
There are several reasons for this. The simple one is Manifest Destiny. We will always have the urge as a specis to explore.
The money spent on the new technology will have spillover benifits for mankind here on earth.
Untold amount of resources may be avalible from space. From asteriod mining to colonies on other plantes. We need to keep making strides in our space program to get from here to there.