“‘During the Cold Way with Russia, in the 1960s America of Cape Canaveral, the Zeitgeist of the nation changed,’ Dr. [Neil deGrasse] Tyson added on a passionate note. ‘We embraced curiosity and discovery. I submit that in the 21st century the leading nations of the world will be those who embrace active investments in science and technology. If our own economic health is a priority, we need to fully fund NASA’s missions to the frontiers of space. The very phrase “Space Age” means future. It doesn’t mean the past.'”
–John Heilpern. “Getting Astrophysical.” Vanity Fair May 2012: 66.