Tuesday, October 23, 2012

23 October 2012 - Cosmos Club, Washington, DC

Hello everyone, I'm writing this at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where 25 years ago Peter, Todd and I founded the International Space University.

It's been an incredible journey and there are so many hundreds, probably thousands, of people behind ISU, all of whom have stories of heroism without which ISU just would not exist today.

So tonight's a celebration of our incredible journey together; the enormous progress we've made; and I think more importantly, a chance to pause and take a look at what the future holds for us.

It was always about a multi-planet species; it was always about the sanctity of Life on this planet and others, if we find it, or take it there.

Tonight I bring greetings from the origins of ISU. I really wish I could be there with you; but I have some conflicting priorities I have to attend to - trying to get to the Moon and getting our multi-planet civilization off the ground. 

I'm there with you in spirit tonight, and I bring warm greetings from Peter... and if dear Todd was with us, I know he would join us in saying:

THANK YOU to all of you who have made such a difference and committed so much to turn our ISU dream into reality, and to keep it going for the last 25 years. We look forward to the next 25 years and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ISU on more than one world!

Have a great evening!

Bob Richards
23 Oct 2012