"Who do you think you are? D. D. Harriman?"
"Nope; Harriman had it easy. More like P. T.
-- Gregory Bennett
This question came up as frequently as any other when Greg started
speaking in public about the Artemis Project, so it needs to be included in
this FAQ along with Greg's usual response. Harriman is the title character
in Robert A. Heinlein's story, "The Man Who Sold the Moon."
In Heinlein's book, D. D. Harriman had the advantage of being the CEO
of a large corporation. He put together a moon mission by promising the
directors of the corporation the long-term wealth to be gained from
private enterprise on the moon. Unfortunately, this approach works
only in stories. For thirty years, we have tried selling the moon and
other space ventures based on the financial reward to be gained from
solar power, extraterrestrial resources, and scientific research; and
for thirty years we have failed.
With the Artemis Project we're using a different approach. Never
mind any lofty goal. Never mind that we're talking about the last, best
hope of the human species. Never mind that generations to come will
enjoy the riches of the solar system, thanks to what we're doing now.
We're doing it because it's fun! (And, quite frankly, there's
a lot more money in fun than all those other things combined.) So, with
the Artemis Project, we are putting together the greatest show
on Earth! Or elsewhere.
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