Christian Long

Burt Rutan: Sees the Future of Space

In TED Talks on April 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Reflection by ADAM K.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Burt Rutan:  Sees the Future of Space

Space, the final frontier, was breached 50 years ago. Many people at the time believed that by now, we would have hover crafts, robots that act like humans, and most definetely be on mars. It’s 2010 and were still on earth, we haven’t gone past the moon.

In the 1960’s the cold war was going on and almost every American wanted to beat the Communist Soviets at everything: nukes, politics, and especially space. We were suprised by Sputnik, so we wanted to beat the Russians by putting a man on the moon and we did. Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon, and Neil armstrong was the first man on the moon.

“The space age is over” says Burt Rutan, a well known space engineer.

He says that we are just backtracking by going to the moon, he advocates the need to go to mars and the need for us to return to space. Also this goal could be achived faster through the use of private enterprise to help the US with the space program. Burt Rutan had this talk in 2006, when the U.S. was still focusing on going to the moon with the constellation program.

Now it’s 2010 and this topic is even more debated today.

President Obama recently released the new NASA strategy for space. The constellation program has been canceled, american astronausts are now going with russians to space, and there is going to be more emphasis on going to deep space to mars and planets we would’ve never dreamed of going to. The US is doing what what Burt Ratan suggested at TED, we are focusing on going to mars and not on going to the moon. However were not using the help of private companies, but other countries to travel there.

Man has always had a fascination for the unknown and now we are pursuing to go where no man has gone before, instead of going where man has gone before as Burt Rutan has suggested.

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