The Future Lies in Space
October 7, 2014 • 1:35PM

The international community is proving what the U.S.proved decades ago. A commitment to the development of the most optimistic and difficult terrains of science and human discovery, typified by scientific missions into outer space, can captivate the youth of a nation and inspire a population to greatness. Whether it is India's recent Mars mission, or the response from the recent international conference on Space conference in Canada, the youth of the world are craving for just the type of commitment represented by the space faring nations of the globe.

India's Successful Mars Orbiting Mission Is Attracting the Young to Space Science

According to Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous wing within the Indian government's Department of Science and Technology (DST), the highly successful Mars Orbiter Mission has created a wave of interest in space science among youth. The organization has decided to use it as a tool to inspire school children and inculcate interest in science. Vigyan Prasar has set up an exhibition of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), showcasing achievements of the space agency, in the Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) award program.

Cheaper to be Human

The Calcutta Telegraph, in a Sept. 24 article, "Shoestring Chutzpah: They Should Say Why Their Budgets Are So High," follows through on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's June 30th comment that India put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars for less than the cost of a Hollywood movie. The article came out on the same day of Mars Orbiter Mission's stunning success.

"The Indian Space Research Organization estimates that it has spent about Rs 450 crore ($74 million) on MOM," says the Telegraph,"less than the $100 million budget of the 2013 Hollywood movie 'Gravity.'"

So it costs more to pretend to go into the Solar System, on a fake mission, than to actually go there.

"Of course," commented Lyndon LaRouche yesterday afternoon, with a chuckle.

Furthermore, the Telegraph adds, MOM cost a small fraction of the $230 million estimated to have gone into 'Avatar.'"

Thus it costs a very great deal more to fantasize about ersatz "humanoids," than actually to be human beings.

Students Brought Their Optimism to the Toronto Space Congress

The most up-lifting aspect of the five-day International Astronautical Congress in Toronto last week, was the participation of the next generation of space explorers. Of the more than 3,500 abstracts that were submitted for papers, 26.7% were from students. Papers on university-based student small satellite projects and imaginative future exploration missions were presented from numerous countries, including Iran, Vietnam, Colombia, the U.S., Turkey, Europe, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Costa Rica. Many of the university programs are cooperative projects involving more than one institution, and more than one country, and focus on the design, construction, testing, and making launch-ready, small "cubesats" which weight just a few pounds. Each small satellite is different, testing technologies, taking scientific space measurements, or carrying out experiments. Other student programs explore imaginative and challenging possible missions for the future. These training grounds are designed to create the space explorers of the future.