Date: Sept. 11, 2018

Elon Musk, of SpaceX, talks about space travel as a "duty to maintain the
light of consciousness." Frank Drake, the astronomer, says we must search
for extraterrestrial intelligence to validate the probability - note, he
says not possibility, but says probability-of other observable civilizations
in our galaxy. Were Nikola Tesla and quantum physicist David Bohm right in
affirming that space is not empty but filled with a kind of force field,
something they referred to as "cosmic plenum?"

Or is space exploration only to evaluate who we are, gaining perspective
from far away? Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell said this returning from
the Moon: "You develop an instant global consciousness, a people
orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world and a
compulsion to do something about it." Especially, like many astronauts,
Mitchell believed, "Looking beyond the Earth itself to the magnificence of
the larger scene, there was a startling recognition that the nature of the
Universe was not as I had been taught. . . . There was an upwelling of fresh
insight coupled with a feeling of ubiquitous harmony-a sense of
interconnectedness with the celestial bodies surrounding our spacecraft."

As the decades advance, the state of human understanding of quantum science
teaches us about the connection between mind, matter, and everything around
us - space, the galaxy and the universe. And these new findings are
beginning to expose the distinct possibility of a significant
space-exploration-induced leap in human consciousness as we collectively
become a spacefaring civilization. Space exploration is not only about
technological breakthroughs or the gaining of scientific knowledge. All
exploration, since the dawn of man, has always taken us deeper into our own
psyche and our understanding of human consciousness. We are driven as a
species, not only to undertake these quests for knowledge of what is "out
there," but also to better understand who and what we are, what we are
capable of. Evolution of the human species has learned this over the eons:
Exploration makes us better able to prosper and survive - better able to
discover who we really are, what we are capable of.

"We went to the Moon as technicians; we returned as humanitarians," Mitchell
said. Our very human capability expanded globally during the moon missions.
Now we're set to advance humankind once again as we reach for a planet and,
beyond that, the cosmos.