Posted: Nov 20, 2021 12:01 AM
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Buzz Aldrin is right – America’s civilian and national security depends on space exploration. To ensure this type of American exceptionalism continues into the future, we should follow the advice and guidance that he provided in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed entitled “Now, Go Where No Man Has Gone Before” where he discusses the importance of space tourism and reasserting broader American leadership in space. We are making small steps, and now need to make bigger ones. In the past few weeks, America’s space leadership received a major boost with the successful launch, orbit, and safe return of civilians to Earth on an extraordinary effort of national importance. It proved our nation’s resolve, strengthened our faith in the idea that we Americans can accomplish anything we set our minds to, and ushered in a new era of space tourism. Last month, Space X successfully launched the “Dragon” spacecraft from Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, taking four crew members to orbit on the world’s first all-civilian mission – a truly pathbreaking endeavor. Pad 39A is the same launch pad that sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the Moon. As we move forward, we again must work diligently to take the lead in human space exploration. When the Apollo 11 crew launched on a Saturn V rocket and headed for the lunar surface, Americans looked up, and gathered to celebrate. It was an American launch; but more impo …