What Greg Iverson fails to recognize (“Let’s save our planet before trying others”) is that the technology that allows modern Earth science comes directly from the space program. The ability to place extremely complex instruments into Earth orbit to study our oasis in space would not exist today without the vision and determination of President Kennedy and the nation of America at that time.

If we as a species are to find a way to not just survive, but to flourish in the future, we must continue to push the boundaries of exploration and technology. Greg, I will look for you on one of the many fabulous Olympic National Park trails.

Joel Mapes, Bremerton

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