2 thoughts on “The Near Frontier”

  1. If you’re ever stumped for a question to ask a “space expert” might I suggest this one: Can you briefly explain the difference between space exploration and space development?

    I’d love to hear some answers from NASA critters, I imagine it would give serious insight into their failure.

  2. The one problem with the “Frontier Model” is that the example is poorly chosen. Lewis and Clark, although explorers, were following in the wake of fur traders, several of whom they hired to be their guides, and were basically recording and organizing what the fur traders didn’t have time to write down.

    In short, on the American frontier, trade went first and then science followed, the opposite of the model we see in space.

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