Thursday, July 23, 2009

Look Above to Benefit Below

Kim Stanley Robinson -- Exploring Space Can Help Us Protect the Earth -
"Another good reason for a vigorous space program is the immense potential of space-based solar power. This would entail infrastructure-building with a vengeance, but investing in a system of orbiting solar power collectors -- and ground stations to receive that power -- could stimulate the economy, much like building interstate freeways did in the 1950s. And gathering the sun's energy in space and beaming it down maximizes the harvest while minimizing the effects on the Earth."
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