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Posted March 19, 2013
As someone who is fairly indifferent to issues of outer space,
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As someone who is fairly indifferent to issues of outer space, I came across Avis Lang's Somehow, Somedayand decided to give it a read. It was fairly short, after all, so I felt I could catch up on the topic in a brief hour. To my surprise, the subject proved quite interesting. Ms. Lang discusses the space program's past, brings us up to the present, and anticipates the future. As a politically interested person, I'd assumed that we didn't have money as a country to continue a robust space program, but Somehow . . . makes clear that continued spending is seen in many other countries as an economically useful way to invest in the future. Is it in the present and future interest of the US to spend what amounts to pennies to continue as vital players in space? Does a space program make us safer today and tomorrow? Is our status as a nation falling behind in other arenas linked to supporting a vital interest in space? Ms. Lang deals with these questions and more in her short essay. She packs a lot of information in a small package. I strongly recommend that other readers devote the hour or so necessary to read this book. They too will I hope realize that what seemed unimportant is actually vital and interesting.