"When I was a kid," we had the space program. Big leaps in science and technology became tangible rockets, landing modules, satellites, and even cool hero types at the controls. All in all, it was a pretty strong, unifying statement for young people about the future.
Since then, one could say that far more has happened with technology in the 90s than the 60s, yet the results are scattered. There's a personal revolution with Internet communications, far-reaching human genome research, serious medical advances, GPS certainty about where we are, and even movement with nanotechnology. But nothing that seems to strongly unifying the young, or portray a future of real opportunity or achievement.
Instead, we have the shivers of increasing energy needs but declining amounts of fossil fuels, leading to the typical responses that world powers display under stress.
So, a simple question. Is there a new "space program" on the horizon?