We do live in interesting times as a wise and I think sarcastic Buddhist once said BUT!!
The first ever privately launched space vehicle to orbit the earth was successful on September 28 of this year.
This plus a few other seemingly quiet happenings does give me a bit of hope for the future.
NASA will mothball the shuttle fleet in 2010 but starts trials on the replacement craft next year. CHECK IT OUT.
I know I know, there are many of you who will say, "why are we spending money on things like this when we can't fix what we have down here?"
Well we are like a virus as someone once said. We eat things. We burn things, we are not very good at cleaning up our backyard for sure but technology is really the only hope we have left and turning our gaze to space will help us find new energy sources as well as a chance to get the dirt off planet and wreck someone else' backyard. HAR!