Saturday, January 21, 2006

Interest High For 'Space Lottery'

Here's an idea who's time may have finally come: A national space lottery.

Writer Elmer L. Forbath suggests in his article for Space.com/AdAstra Online that the National Space Society should sponsor such a thing and that players could number as high as 'Star Trek' fans or even higher.

Forbath makes the same points as many others before him: Non-reusable rockets are a waste of money and time, public enthusiasm is what made the Apollo program so successful, and lotteries raise quite a bit of money.
He also suggests making it an "international lottery" thus increasing publicity worldwide and making at least the possibility of space travel (however remote) available to everyone on Earth.

So far NSS has not commented on Forbath's article, nor have they expressed any interest publicly in his idea...

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