The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier, Part 2 of 4

The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier, Part 2 of 4

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The Foundation Credo — Our View of the Frontier

Part 2 0f 4

The Foundation Credo – Our View of the Frontier Part 2 of 4

Copyright 1994, Rick N. Tumlinson

President of Space Frontier Foundation

This message is the twelfth in a series of Space Frontier Foundation essays designed to inform the Internet public about the incredible possibilities awaiting us in space.

The Foundation’s Credo explains who we are, our guiding principles, and our overarching goals. It stands as a set of rules by which we can judge our actions, and by its tone indicates our commitment to achieve results. This is the second of three messages which will examine and explain what it means to us, and how this effects our world view and actions.

The second clause states:

“Our goals include protecting the Earth’s fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space.”

* Why the environment

We love this planet. It is the only one we know that carries life. And frankly, we think she’s taken about all the abuse she can. We do not want to repeat the mistakes of the past when it comes to how we treat the other life sharing our world. In fact, we want to use space to reverse some of the damage we’ve done to our home.

We support the cleanest possible space technologies, such as rockets which produce only water vapor as exhaust. We oppose all forms of space pollution – from the foul exhausts of traditional rockets, to the space debris caused by throwing away multi mullion dollar “stages” (which could be recycled and used again).

Like many, we believe we can use space as a platform to study our environment. But the Foundation goes much further, for we see the space frontier as a large part of the permanent solution to our environment’s problems.

For example, Foundationers feel it is time to seriously examine the incredible power of the sun in space to supply the ever-growing energy needs of the Earth’s people, and as a replacement for burning fossil fuels.

We must also explore the uses of new fuels from space, such as Helium 3 – which is needed to create cleaner fusion power.

* Where will the “prosperity” come from?

Virtually, unlimited supplies of the materials our civilization needs to grow exist in space. Resources we now go to war over, or scrape from the skin of our mother Earth. We can also use space energy sources to power vast new industries using these materials. This means a job base with limitless potential growth as we expand outwards. That means opportunity, and more choices for our children.

For the first time in history, rather than gaining wealth by attacking our biosphere, we will be spreading life to worlds now dead. Imagine, someday we will even see forests on the Moon.

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