The major change in direction of American space exploration being floated by the Obama administration has raised one heck of a ruckus in Congress, in states housing NASA facilities, and among space policymakers and devotees of all kinds. Keith Cowing of the blog NASAWatch has collected a few reminders of an important point: as we debate how we explore, don't forget the big question of why we explore.
"Why our space program? Why, indeed, did we trouble to look past the next mountain? Our prime obligation to ourselves is to make the unknown known. We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are."
- Gene Roddenberry, Executive Producer of "Star Trek"