America’s founders were pioneers who risked everything to travel across unknown territories and oceans in pursuit of new frontiers. The generations of Americans who inherited this pioneering spirit embraced the idea that hard work and innovation make the impossible a reality: from establishing a lasting democracy out of a diverse people to landing a human being on the moon.
Every day, thousands of visitors from across the globe walk the halls of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC to celebrate that very spirit. The museum not only provides young minds with a window into space exploration; it also inspires them to create broader vistas for themselves and for our nation.
But our space heritage should not be condemned to surviving only in a museum. We must not only continue to educate and inspire future generations with the great space achievements of the past. We must set new national goals for future achievements in human space exploration.