Inthis post I will talk about the deepmeaning behind Project Orion II whcih is to proote peace between nations that were once bitter enemies and unity. This is also the meaning of my positive feelings towards Colo Claw Fish. The image below is a Colo Claw Fish and the video below that is a video about the future of Russia by the year 2042. In the past starting right after World War II, America and Russia were hostile enemies towards one another in a situation known as the Cold War that lasted until 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. One of the worst aspects of the Cold War was a nuclear arms race that endangandered our civilization. Starting in October 1957 when the Soviets launched the first artificial satellite around Earth known as Sputnik, the USA and the CCCP were competing in a competition known as the space race. The Soviets put the first human into orbit, Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961. In response to this, the USA decided to go to the moon to overtake the CCCP and barely did. The Soviets had manned moon rockets that were more complex than the Saturn V called the N-1, which all of the test launches of the N-1 failed. On July 20, 1969, Neil Aldin Armstrong and Edwin Buzz Aldrin of the American NASA moon mission known as Apollo 11 became the first humans to set foot on another world. Back in those days, the space program was about competition and trying to be first. In the 1980s the Soviet economy was in shambles and there was this nuclear disaster in Chernobyl in the year 1986 that set into motion an end to Cold War hostilities and the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since 1998, America and Russia have been cooperating in a project known as the International Space Station.
I am worried that there are some Americans who are living in the past and living in the Cold War such as Newt Gingrich and John McCain. The Right Wing when they talk about the space program say that they want to have an all-American moon base and an all-American manned Mars mission and want America to be first in those feats, proof positive that those buffoons are living in the past and being nationalistic zealots. One problem in Russia today is Vladimir Putin who was the president of Russia and later resigned tobecome Prime Minister of Russia. Putin was a Soviet and a member of the infamous secret police force known as the KGB.
I am strongly hopng that we will move past scourges like nationalism, obsessive militarism, outright competition, and injstice. Inspired by the Velvet Rocket web page on Project Daedalus, I too am upset about how our efforts of pushing the envelope and seizing boldness have been smothered by a lazy culture of "why bother". I say that we have tolerated this lazy pernicious culture of ignorance and fear for way too long and that it is time for us to unite and seize upon greatness. If we choose to live in the past like Newt Gingrich does, we will have no future and today is the past. It is time to get out of our comfy zone and start working towards developing the great Project Orion II insterstellar probe. Technology is changing and an acclerated rate and more and more planets are being detected around other stars and we are getting closer and closer to finding a planet like Earth.