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Clearly this is a metaphor for something.
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Research toward sending people into space can be
encouraged with a massive advertising campaign. Funded by
an anonymous billionaire with a financial interest in the space
industry it would advertise the wonderful, adventurous, and
glamorous life of a Space Pioneer. If enough people become
this is the life for them they'll start to ask their
politicians why we aren't there yet.
||If an anonymous billionaire told you to jump off a
||Hat over the fence approach to space travel would be the
one in _2001_: The Discovery was a one-way trip; there was
going to be a second ship to recover the crew -- but that one
wasn't built yet, when Discovery was launched. Talk about a
Congress-proof budget for manned space exploration!
||"A new life awaits you in the offworld colonies..."