“It is my opinion that if you go to space in a big way – and people know that requires innovation, discovery and achievements that are writ large in the daily newspapers – it will influence the culture in such a way that even if you are not personally engaged in space exploration, you will still want to innovate. Big, grand visions have the power to trigger a wave of innovation. If you go into space in a big way, it creates a seductive dream for the educational pipeline. You won’t need programs to convince people that science is an interesting thing to do, they will be compelled to want to do it simply by reading the day’s headlines.”
– Astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, on the future of space exploration.