For a minute there it looked like the space race might have turned a corner, what with Russian rockets putting other nation’s astronauts and supplies into space. So we weren’t talking about DC vs. Moscow anymore, but humanity against the vacuum of space and the shared challenge of the final frontier. Finally Roddenberry’s vision could be realized, although with maybe a little less Shatner.
Except that what happens on earth affects what happens in space, and since things with Russia have been getting tense for a couple minutes now, the Americans are rethinking a relationship where the US relies on Russian rockets to get shit into orbit. Given the necessity of space based platforms to US goals, this isn’t a bad idea. Well, except for maybe humans.
Not to get all Independence Day here (the first one, kids…don’t even talk to me about that Hemsworth abomination) but until we manage to stop thinking about borders as barriers to cooperation, we’re never going to move forward in meaningful ways as a species.
Sure, there’s tablets and touchscreens and AI that can teach itself, but it’s all still happening under different flags.
And until that flag is just a big ol’ globe, nothing really changes.