Thurman Speaks About a Lost T-Shirt Moment

[2005.09.14] I wore my NASA t-shirt and at the start of a MAT102 class a student asked about the t-shirt. This is exactly why I wear the t-shirt, yet I paused with a response and then said I wore it because it was the only clean t-shirt I had. That was a lie and I lost an opportunity to help us learn about the future of space travel and exploration.

On 15 September 2005, LiftPort Group said "liftoff" occurs in 4591 days on 12 April 2018. The LiftPort homepage states:

   "The LiftPort Group (LPG) is dedicated to building a mass 
    transportation system to open up access to the inner solar 
    system (LEO, GEO, the Moon, Mars, and asteroids). We expect 
    the Space Elevator will be at the heart of this revolutionary 
    transportation service. By opening up broad-based access to 
    Earth orbits and the inner solar system, LPG will help bring 
    about the creation of entire new markets. Based in space commerce, 
    these new markets can only become viable through safe, inexpensive, 
    routine access to the inner solar system. In short, we at LiftPort 
    Group believe that development of the space elevator is a crucial 
    step in the future of Earth and space."

Why April 12th? From the LiftPort website we learn that on "12 April 1961, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel into space."

Un-related to LiftPort, I was reading "Building the Future: A Status Report" that was inserted in the August 2005 issue of Business 2.0 magazine. They listed numerous technologies and one of them was "civilian space travel." They claim that Mojave, California, airport may be used to by "space tourists departing for orbit." They predicted that the cilivian space travel will be a $1 billion global market by year 2020.

Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 15 September 2005