Op-ed | Commitment to space exploration should be on the ballot – SpaceNews

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With less than a month to go in this election cycle, the public is awash in big issues, COVID and healthcare to national defense and economic recovery.  Lest we forget, an issue also on the ballot is space – with national unity, security, and economic implications in tow. America’s future is intimately tied to our space exploration commitment. Here is why.
At first blush, space may not seem a leading concern, not worth much ink.  But a closer look tells a different story.  Whether voters are concerned about accelerating America’s economic upturn, securing our future, international leadership, military dominance, tamping down China’s threats to health and democracy, or fidelity to the past – space is central.
First, America’s future freedom, security, and leadership on the global stage depends heavily on space.  Witness a host of space-related developments during this administration – from creation of the U.S. Space Force to reinstatement of the National Space Council, expanding threats to terrestrial security from space to increased reliance on “cube satellites,” new emphasis on “responsive space” or fast-reaction missions, plus a need to better track weather and foreign intentions in real time.
On top of this – or in many ways leading …

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