July 23, 2006

Now we’re on our own?

In an entirely unpublicized move, planet earth – that’s us – has been quietly removed from the NASA mission statement. (Do they know something we don’t?)

Where once the statement read:

“To understand and protect our home planet; to explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.”

Earlier this year the new statement became:

“To explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.”

No mention in this New York Times article on whether the NASA vision statement has also removed life-here-on-earth from future NASA aspirations.

NASA Vision – “To improve life here, to extend life to there, to find life beyond.”

Perhaps removing "life here" from the vision statement is on the NASA “to do" list for next year; one small step at a time.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating. Of course I'd be happier if they worked in 'To boldy go where no one has gone before' ;-)

    ReplyDelete