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The Space Frontier Foundation believes that the permanent human habitation of space can only be accomplished by unleashing true free enterprise. We are not alone in that belief, and we salute these "Other Voices" in the debate about how we should explore, develop, and settle the endless frontier of space.
Space is a Place...
Imagine it is June 8, 1958, and that you are the Chief Scientist of the four-month old Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). Only eight months have passed since the Soviet Union shocked the world on October 4, 1957, by launching the world's first artificial satellite – Sputnik. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been created in response but has not formally started work yet, although ARPA, the Army and the Air Force have urgently starting to work on various space projects. You are facing the press live on CBS's Face the Nation TV show, and question after question is anxiously posed about how the U.S. is going to catch up: "Why isn't the whole space program in one agency? Doesn't there have to be a single space czar if we are to have any hope of ever catching the Russians?"
Your response is simply that "Space is a Place, Not a Program."1
Dr. Herbert York's statement that night remains to this day a profoundly powerful way to view our space activities, and the Space Frontier Foundation has used it as one of our rallying cries since 1988. Rather than hoping for a single, monolithic program run by NASA to explore space for us, we believe that the only way that the arena of space can be fully developed is if a multitude of efforts take place there. And just as on Earth, individual effort and free enterprise must play their role. If people are to routinely live and work in space, then it truly must become just a "place."
1 This story was taken from York, Herbert F., Making Weapons, Talking Peace: A Physicist's Odyssey from Hiroshima to Geneva, New York: Basic Books, 1987, (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation series), p. 160. Dr. York is currently director emeritus of the University of California at San Diego's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.
More "Other Voices"
Comment about the "Space Program" by Dr. Herbert F. York on CBS's Face The Nation, June 8, 1958
Testimony of the late Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. (Capt., USN, retired) on the future of space development, given before the U.S. Congress on October 1, 1998
Speech by Robert Bigelow (CEO, Bigelow Aerospace) at the NASA HabModule Commercialization Conference, August 24-26, 1999
Keynote Address by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin at the Space Frontier Foundation's 8th annual conference, September 24, 1999

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