From SciFi Wire and Space.com
Legendary SF author Arthur C. Clarke lamented the lack of progress in
planetary exploration in a telephone address from his Sri Lanka home
to an audience at Rice University in Houston, the Associated Press
reported. Clarke's remarks were part of a 40th-anniversary
commemoration of the speech in which President John F. Kennedy set
forth his goal of landing on the moon, the AP reported. "We're lucky
to get to Mars in 2020," he said.
Clarke added, "The end of the Cold War removed one of the main
motivations for the space race. We've reached the stage where not one
nation, not even the United States, can do it alone. [Space
exploration] should be a global enterprise."