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OPINION: ‘There won’t be many prizes for second place’

Humankind’s fascination with space is timeless-but our exploration of space is only just beginning. Our ability to explore and inhabit the heavens will soon catch up with the wistful dreaming of our ancestors. Before long, reality will eclipse fantasy as we go, build, develop, and explore the far reaches of our galaxy, beyond the wildest dreams of those who came before us. Rapid technological progress is making access to space cheaper, more powerful, and more reliable. We see titans of industry staking personal fortunes to explore and develop space. And we see the military taking an ever-more active role in defending space from those who would deny its advantages. But these moves are just the beginning. As the human quest for adventure leads inevitably deeper into space, we would be wise to act with urgency across the spectrum of society to ensure that humanity’s approach to developing space is in keeping with our values. Our destiny as Americans is in space. But we must act quickly if we want to shape that destiny for the good, before others shape it for us.

Politico.com