“The Earth is just too small and fragile a basket for the human race to keep all its eggs in.” – Heinlein
“The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program.” – Larry Niven
“Despite the campaign rhetoric, the bureaucracies–big business and big government–are here to stay. The centralization effort cannot be checked, but it can be rationally directed towards our species goal: Space Migration, which in turn offers the only way to re-attain individual freedom of space-time and the small-group social structures which obviously best suit our nervous systems. It is another paradox of neuro-genetics that only in space habitats can humanity return to the village life and pastoral style for which we all long.” – Timothy Leary
When I talk to many “libertarians” about my emphasis on teaching kids (and adults) about rocketry – mostly via model rocketry at this time – I get a lot of grins and chuckles and many a comment about how when they were kids they launched a rocket once or twice, and then when I tell them this is all in preparation for building a spaceship and leaving this planet, they laugh and say “you can always count on good old Nik to say something outrageous!” I suppose they are right – we have such a nice planet that has nurtured and sustained us for tens of thousands of years, why would we ever want to leave?
Many reasons, but the most important reason is that, whether you are a pessimist or optimist or realist, the answer is the same – this planet is doomed. Now, it might not be doomed for many tens of millions of years, or at least many tens or hundreds of thousands of years. Or, as I was again reminded by the actions of some apex primates in the last couple weeks, maybe six months. Nobody knows, but we do know that ultimately, whether by celestial mechanics or human insanity, planet Earth is one big kill zone.
So, for as long as I have anything to do with it, AgoraFest will do rocketry, even if we do nothing else. And we will continue to teach physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, and radio telemetry. Because along with all the other skills we develop in order to succeed in a world increasingly hostile to individualists, these are the ultimate survival skills, and if humanity does make it off this planet, these will be the skills that they use to survive among the stars.
Launches will take place both on Friday and Saturday, depending on weather of course. All ages welcome – remember, the quicker we get that spaceship built, the sooner we get off of this rock!
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