space marines about to become an actual thing, apparently…


Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers has introduced a solution to our military’s sluggish responsiveness to space exploration, colonization and defense matters: the Space Corp. The Space Corp would be a division born out of the Air Force to eventually become its own branch of the military, exactly the way the Air Force emerged from the Air Force Corp limb of the U.S. Army. 

Although it is just in the planning phase at this point, kudos to Congressman Rogers for addressing this massively critical issue when it seems nearly all branches of government have turned a blind eye to our lack of efficacy in space. NASA itself is outdated and has been due for a complete overhaul over three decades.

A hearing titled, “Reopening the American Frontier: Promoting Partnerships Between Commercial Space and the U.S. Government to Advance Exploration and Settlement” will be held after the July 4th recess in Washington D.C., lead by Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Space-X, Relativity, Nanoracks and NASA will have representatives present.

“In 1962, President John F. Kennedy laid down a marker for space exploration that inspired a generation of Americans to reach for the stars, recognizing that the race to the heavens was nothing less than a crucial front in the battle between freedom and tyranny,” Cruz said, and “We should once again lead the way for the world in space exploration”

Senator Cruz has more recently been on a campaign intending fix the problem of suppression of free speech on campuses across the country. (I couldn’t find any reason to disagree with the man myself. People make fun of Ted Cruz all the time in some very funny and clever ways but he’s actually well-spoken and thoughtful, and doesn’t take himself waaay too seriously like some members of the administration. Plus his family dresses up for Samhain.) It will be interesting to see how he positions himself regarding critical space exploration issues after independence day.