“‘Creativity is a great equaliser that knows no bounds, no gender, no social class, no skin colour, no sexual preference. It is not produced in institutions, but comes from the streets. Towns with a large creative class have a ‘buzz,’ an ‘excitement,’ a ‘creative energy’ that’s palpable. Creativity should be a goal, such as fitness. People want to be in a community where they can be who they are’.”—Richard Florida
“But the shuttle is now over. The ISS is due to be de-orbited, in the inelegant jargon of the field, in 2020. Once that happens, the game will be up. There is no appetite to return to the moon, let alone push on to Mars, El Dorado of space exploration. The technology could be there, but the passion has gone—at least in the traditional spacefaring powers, America and Russia.
With luck, robotic exploration of the solar system will continue. But even there, the risk is of diminishing returns. Every planet has now been visited, and every planet with a solid surface bar Mercury has been landed on. Asteroids, moons and comets have all been added to the stamp album. Unless life turns up on Mars, or somewhere even more unexpected, public interest in the whole thing is likely to wane. And it is the public that pays for it all.”—The end of the Space Age (via itsfullofstars)