This is the National Space Society's Space Hotline, update - Space Day, July 20, 1989. At
This is the National Space Society's Space Hotline, update -
Space Day, July 20, 1989.
At 10 am this morning President George Bush on the steps of the
National Air and Space Museum commemorated the 20th anniversary
of the Apollo 11 mission which landed the first men on the Moon.
He went on to stress the need to look forward, and that in the
21st century peoples of all nations will leave the Earth for
voyages of discovery and exploration. He stated that now is the
time to commit ourselves to a sustained program of human
exploration of the solar system and the permanent settlement of
"Our goal is to establish the US as the preeminent space fairing
nation, from the voyages of Columbus to the triumph of the Moon
itself...." He implied that space exploration is a worth-while
venture from an economic stand point by stating the Apollo
program paid down to Earth dividends, and the human exploration
of the Moon would have been a bargain at twice the price.
"Apollo is the best return on investment since Leonardo DiVinci
bought his first sketch pad."
In his speech, he announced his long range vision as the
completion of the Space Station Freedom in the 1990s, a permanent
return to the Moon at the turn of the century, and then the human
exploration of Mars. Each mission will succesively build upon
the next. He added that the future of the space program lies
within the hands of Congress and ultimately in the hands of the
It is President Bush's intention that the 30th anniversary of
Apollo 11 should be celebrated not in Washington, DC, but on the
fully operational Space Station Freedom. He went on to add that
the space station will serve as a bridge to the solar system and
our own fragile Earth. "International initatives are need to seek
new solutions to global environmental problems, and Mission to
Planet Earth is an important initiative in our national space
program. The Space Station Freedom is the necessary next step
for sustatined human exploration."
The President charged his "right hand man" Vice President Dan
Quayle and his National Space Council to work out the specific
time frame, milestones and resources needed to return to the Moon
permanently and go on to explore Mars.
He closed his speech by saying the dream of reaching new stars
and exploring new worlds will be realized not in his generation
or even his childrens generation, but we must begin with this
generation. "We can't make the next great leap for mankind
tomorrow unless we take the single step today."
The NSS mourns the death of a valued and visionary member of the
Board of Directors, George A. Koopman, president and co-founder
of the American Rocket Company. Mr. Koopman died Wednesday of
injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was forty-four
AMROC officials affirmed that preparations for the company's
first space launch, scheduled for August 14, 1989, will continue
as planned. James Bennett, AMROC's vp for External Affairs, said
"This represents an enormous loss to AMROC. Koopman was a true
space pioneer, not only by virtue of his key role in founding and
sustaining AMROC, but also his long support of and participation
in organizations such as the National Space Society. The
realization of George Koopman's dream of creating affordable
access to space will be his memorial."
Koopman's family has requested that in lieu of flowers,
contributions to one of several charitable organizations be made.
NSS has been selected and will set up a trust fund in his name to
continue the visionary goals he pioneered. Contributions will be
excepted by the NSS to the George A. Koopman Memorial Fund.
This has been the National Space Society's Space Hotline updated
SpaceDay, July 20th, 1989.
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