At a time when robotic exploration of the solar system is making unprecedented achievements, the prospects for future human missions may seem to be declining, perhaps for a long time. While plans continue for manned missions back to the Moon, an asteroid and eventually Mars, the timetable is undetermined with no firm target dates for any of them. Recent budget cuts have slashed spending, leaving a depressed feeling that the days of human spaceflight may be over, other than commercial ventures into near-Earth orbit, etc.
So if you need to feel inspired that this can change, then watch this new video from OpenSite called Now is the Time. A unique and cool message, from a weather balloon launched with an iPhone loaded with quotes and images about the great accomplishments made so far in manned spaceflight. We’ve done it before and we can do it again.