ABC’s Ned Potter, on the February 20 World News Tonight,
told viewers that space exploration is no longer a government
monopoly. He pointed out that "the real growth in space is happening
in places like this, at the headquarters near Denver of a private
company called Space Imaging Eosat."
Eosat, Potter explained, will take photos from space of things as
small as three feet across on earth. These pictures will be useful
to such people as farmers worried about crop diseases and state
agencies trying to assess floods.
In fact, Potter reported, "in 1996, for the first time ever,
private companies spent more on space than the world’s governments
did." He noted that "several firms hope to launch communications
satellites for peanuts, and a few talk seriously of space tourism in
as little as three or four years."
Concluded Potter: "The pioneers, Glenn and Columbus, were sent by
their governments. The settlers who followed came on their own. Like
all past frontiers, the final one is gradually opening to all