Drawing of imagined space settlement, a ring of green residence in a space station.

Obama and Space Settlement: 2015 SOTU

January 21, 2015 - astro anthropology / NASA / space / space settlement / space studies

I wonder if this is the first mention of space settlement in a US president’s State of the Union address?

“I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs — converting sunlight into liquid fuel; creating revolutionary prosthetics, so that a veteran who gave his arms for his country can play catch with his kid; pushing out into the Solar System not just to visit, but to stay. Last month, we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space program that will send American astronauts to Mars. In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain — and make sure to Instagram it.”

I tweeted at the NASA History Office to ask them, they’ve previously been kind enough to answer my question to confirm that the penny on the rover is the first currency on Mars.

(Image is from the classic NASA Space Settlement book: Johnson, Richard D. 1977. Space Settlements: A Design Study. NASA SP-413. NASA Special Publication 413.)