About a couple years ago, in an argument on space and science, I took the position that the government should invest more in science, and space travel. I lost the debate.. the government has no business using public funds for endeavours like these, and that it's only true calling should be maintaining liberty. Everything else would follow.
I've since watched the evolution of SpaceX, through it's many failures, rallied on by it's gritty founder and chief Elon Musk.
“We're not going to cut and run if we have a few issues. We're not going to cut and run if we have a lot of issues. We're going to see this through.”
Elon's been called "a Renaissance man in an era that needs them.". Read a very-well written profile of him at GQ.
Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched it's indigenously built Falcon 9 into orbit.
Congratulations, Elon Musk. Many more successes to you.