Colonization of space hasn't happened quite as quickly as Robert Anton Wilson and Timothy Leary had hoped, but the news isn't all bad.
Supergee links to this post, noting, "Reminder that Europe punked out on exploring America the way Earth punked out on space. Mildly cheering."
One good sign is the rise of private rocket companies that can put cargo, and even people, into space, breaking the government monopoly. SpaceX has announced it will launch a rocket with a cargo-carrying space capsule Saturday and dock it with the International Space Station.
Elon Musk and his Space X, Branson's Virgin Galactic, and United Launch Alliance are all reasons to be optimistic about private rocket companies pushing space exploration/tourism. There's also good reason to believe they will spend less money per pound of freight, which was always a Big Deal that was glossed over when it was NASA's deal.
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