With the approaching final shot of US Space Shuttle Atlantis into the space of the International Space Station during early July 2011, the dreams of President John F. Kennedy and his nation come to a giant segue.
This final shot during the week of Independence Day celebrations will be our last manned space flight until we reach out tentative tendrils to Mars and the asteroid belt full of natural resources that we need on Earth. We have space probes and unmanned vessels at the ready to explore new worlds, while American astronauts take up other occupations within and without the aerospace sector. The Mars Society is still training people to live out there. Many people Want to Go.
With privatized space flight taking root now and a giant Space Corridor in SE Ohio joining the Florida Space Coast, new jobs are emerging and expanding in aerospace and aeronautics. An important aspect of this is the rise of space-related Biomedical jobs and their potential for increasing the quality of life on Earth. Going “out there” makes living down here better.
While mentioning natural resources, I find that we still have a few US States that have tremendous natural resources reserves and/or technology advancements for a variety of endeavors: