The idea of a citizen's space program, as opposed to a government one, appeals to me. It is of course ridiculous, but one can do worse than play. If nothing else, it might shame governments into being a little more forward-thinking about making it into the space age.
On how to get into space:
On what to do once you get there:
and, in support of any or all: relevant properties of some materials.
The Theory of INterstellar Trade, which does give good grounds to anticipate that interstellar trade in material goods would mostly be uneconomic.
The road to space becomes even more important to us now that we are within reach of an end to aging and endless fertility.
Update: mid-summer, 2004 (I think actually the day before the solstice), the first non-government astronaut made it to space and safely home again, aboard SpaceShipOne. Other exciting developments are afoot, as well.
My older brother was born the day after Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth. I was born nine days after Valentina Tereshkova did the same. (She was the first and youngest woman to do so and the only woman to have been on a solo space mission. Her daughter Elena is the only person whose parents had both been space-travellers.)Written by Eddy.