Posted: 122008 (Science / Technology)
Mark this time in history as a time when Space exploration became "mainstream" and the US Government appears to have lifted, for the moment, a veil of secrecy. Science and Technology are about to see unprecedented governmental support and in turn, the Human race will forever be affected.
With the appointment of Harvard physicist John Holdren as the final member and Director of President elect Barack Obama's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (he is a Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University)and Oregon State University marine biology Prof. Jane Lubchenco to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Obama has sent a clear message. Science and Technology as a priority tool and resource for our future is crucial to our survival as a species and we must take charge of this destiny. Now.
Joining Holden as co-chairs will be Nobel Prize-winning scientist Harold Varmus, a former director of the National Institutes of Health, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Eric Lander, a specialist in human genome research. Holdren will have a team of 40 Ph.D-level experts to help guide and shape policy and an overall approach to clear and present dangers such as Global warming as well as space and other futuristic questions that are at our doorstep.
The time is now for interstellar exploration and the exposing of new realizations unknown in modern times. A new era is upon us. Will we see transparency as has been suggested?
Remember, President Bush has previously ordered large increases in NASA funding as well as trips to Mars and the continuation of the Hubble Telescope - more than 1 Trillion USD (http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/budget/)has been committed. NASA and space exploration have been a common bond of interest of the two administrations. Is the realization (to the public) of Organic Planets not far behind?