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Diplonaut

“The prospective colonization of space responds, not to the particular problems of the American nation, or of any other nation, but to those of mankind as a whole… In an ideal view, such an undertaking by mankind as a whole would tend to divert it from its present preoccupation with international conflict, would tend to channel its energies into the pursuit of a great common purpose.”
Louis J. Halle in Foreign Affairs, 1980

“I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.”
Stephen Hawking, interview with Daily Telegraph, 2001

“In the long run, a single-planet species will not survive. One day, I don’t know when, but one day, there will be more humans living off the Earth than on it.”
NASA director Mike Griffin, quoted in “Mars or Bust,”
Rolling Stone, 2006

Do they have Skype out there?

And those are just the highlights of the quotes of great minds on why we must make our way into the great unknown with urgency.  And if there are more humans living off the Earth than on it, there will be a need for a diplonaut or two.  I coined this term.   Continue reading

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