The Space Station is a collaboration of 15 nations working together to create a world-class, state-of-the-art orbiting research facility. The Station is much more than a world-class laboratory; it is an international human experiment.
You know, right now, there are people living in space.
Stop and think about that. It's freaking amazing, it is.
Just the thought of it sends chills up and down my spine. We did that. We put people into space, and they live there.
Temporarily, of course... for now.
Someday, though... someday, more will follow. We human beings are particularly hard on boundaries; we tend to push them. Once they give way, we tend to crowd them. Barring a disaster that either wipes us out completely or reduces the human race scattered bands shivering around fires, we will always know that there is a frontier out there; one that it can be reached, and that can be conquered.
If we want it badly enough.
"Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me..."