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http://www.upworthy.com/first-you-see-the-amazing-things-we-used-to-do-then-you-see-the-sad-reality?c=upw1

Space is vast and mysterious and kind of generally mind-freakingly amazing. And yet, we're not really trying to get there anymore. Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't too pleased about that. . . .

I agree with Dr. Tyson on this 100%. Those who forsake their dreams are on the road to extinction. Those who turn their backs on the greatest opportunities that have ever been are likewise not long for this world. Space represents wealth orders of magnitude greater than what even the wealthiest of emperors have ever conceived. It represents a way to make backup colonies of Earthly life and human culture that could survive any catastrophe that ever happened to Earth, even the death of all life and the very possibility of life on Earth.

But more than that, it represents the heights to which the human spirit can rise, the glories that await us out in the form of nebulae and stellar systems and galaxies and starbirth and the cosmos itself, the opening up of the human spirit to all Creation and the Creator who brought it into being.

We need space, desperately. We need to return to the Moon and go on to Mars and all the rest of the Solar System in *manned* expeditions and pioneering projects. This video helps show why.

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