FIRST, THE PROBLEM Our manned journey into space seems to have lost its spark. Except until recently it has been "owned" by NASA, and the agency has sucked any "spark” out of all private and commercial manned space ventures. Only the industries that serve as the industrial base and the satellite communications sector are separate but not independent from the Federal Bureaucracy; if you cold call them that. After the moon landings NASA was cut adrift. Without a tangible goal, the once potent organization has degenerated into an unholy alliance between politicians and industrialists. Except for (...and a small glimmer of hope has come from) the NASA Centennial Challenge program, as a way of incentivizing and promoting talent otherwise unmined, very little has been done to advance the space program into the private sector. Almost without exception that is where all ventures of exploration in human history have begun, whether it be the Greek Colonies, the “discovery” of America by Columbus, or the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. In all of those, economic gain was the spark driving the discovery and then the development of a new worlds separate from the old worlds. There has to be a plan to add direct and apparent economic benefits, noble purpose, and adventurous potential to manned space flight for it to reach its real potential for humanity. That’s what is missing now, and only opportunities for private profit can give it the purpose it needs to attract the means and the talent.