"In order for a great people to do great things, they must not be bridled by timidity." Space exploration is one of those issues on which I'm neither "libertarian" nor "conservative," and I probably have a slightly different view than the editorial page I help produce. I'd spend even more money than is spent now, and I'd start getting ready for the moon and Mars today, not in a few years. And I've changed my mind about the value of the shuttle program. Like the author of the linked article, I used to consider shuttle launches mostly pointless trips around the same old neighborhood. But if we're going to really explore space, we will need to know how to get from an orbiter to the surface of a planet and back. The shuttle program is helping us learn that.