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Space Watch: Signs of a renaissance

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri May 27, 2005 2:13 pm
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By Robert Zimmerman, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL: Washington, DC, May. 26 (UPI) — There may be many problems apparent at NASA and among the U.S. aerospace giants these days, but there also are signs that space exploration is about to undergo a renaissance, with an explosion of creativity unseen in decades.

To explain this conclusion will require telling a personal anecdote, which begins in the mid-1980s.

At the time, I had become fascinated with the sport of caving and was getting involved in several exploration projects. Together with other enthusiasts, we pushed the limits of known caves to find virgin and previously unexplored passages — to go literally where no one had gone before.

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