The New York Times recently carried an editorial suggesting that humans consider one-way missions as a way of making voyages into space more affordable. The article also suggested that science should not be required to justify human space exploration. I’ve been thinking a lot about the article and how different we are from our adventurous ancestors who risked sailing off the edge of the earth and attack from deadly sea monsters to explore the entire planet in shallow boats. Nowadays, in most of our cities, the stars are so obscured from light pollution that we almost forget they are there.

Editorial can be found here. What do you think?