An unmanned spacefreighter is being prepped for launch towards an asteroid mining base. Sketchup 3D / 2012
We live in an incredible age. We have all the basic knowhow available to send man on a journey to explore the solar system. In reality, we've practically confined ourselves to our homeworld. Space programmes in the US and Europe are being crippled by budgetcuts. Nonetheless, I refuse to be pessimistic about the longterm future of space exploration. We'll find a way to leave the cradle.