Knowing what we know now, we are being irresponsible in our failure to make the scientific and technical progress we will need for protecting our newly discovered severely threatened and probably endangered species—us. NASA is not about the ‘Adventure of Human Space Exploration,’ we are in the deadly serious business of saving the species. All Human Exploration’s bottom line is about preserving our species over the long haul.
- - “The Big Picture: Ways to Mitigate or Prevent Very Bad Planet Earth Events” by John Young, Nov/Dec 2003.
First published in Space Times: Magazine of the American Astronautical Society.