It's exciting to know that the President will propose next week a permanent return to the Moon and a plan to prepare us for someday reaching Mars. Our destiny, after all, is to colonize the Solar System and, thereby, guarantee the survival of Homo sapiens.
Charles Krauthammer has a great essay about this in this week's Weekly Standard.
I don't understand people who think space exploration is a waste of time or money or who don't have any interest in it at all or who think our destiny is only Earthbound. These people are fungi on the rocks at the bottom of a moist pit. Chattering soupskin troglodytes who can never appreciate human potential. What would they prefer that government spend the taxpayer's money on? My answer to that is what it was ten years ago when I wrote against the budget cuts for the Superconducting Supercollider: inner-city riot prevention. More money for more moochers and users. Keeping up the welfare state, generally. Forget that shit.
We belong among the stars. Establishing a lunar base will be a beautiful "first" step back to where we were when I was an infant. I am genuinely excited.