Re: EXOTERRA: Space Events of 20th Century

Natasha V. More (
Mon, 10 Mar 1997 08:42:13 -0700 (MST)

At 11:21 PM 3/9/97 -0800, Peter C. McCluskey wrote:

> I'm surprised that you omitted the first person to leave earth's
>atmosphere - Yuri Gagarin. Do you really think reaching the bottom
>of another gravitational well (the moon) is more important than leaving
>a gravitational well for the first time?

Yes! Peter, you are absolutely correct. It's not that I didn't put his name
down because I thought it wasn't important, I was making leaps. Actually,
the perspective you are looking at, leaving gravity, is far more forward
thinking than emphasizing dropping to gravity.

I'm sure the leaders of the
>Mudball^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Planetary Society think that way, but I would
>expect you to try expanding their perspective.

The question is, should I? From what I understand (i.e., Eric Watt Forste's
posts), that the Planetary Society is part of the JPL mind set of only
robotics to space, not transhumans. On the other hand they were supportive
of SETI. So, clue me in. Is the World Space Society far more advanced than
the Planetary Society? I've tried expanding perspectives in the wrong venue
before, and can be a lot of effort for little or no gain.

Natasha Vita More [fka Nancie Clark]
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