The idea of a citizen's space program, as opposed to a government one, appeals to me. It is of course ridiculous, but one can do worse than play. If nothing else, it might shame governments into being a little more forward-thinking about making it into the space age.
On how to get into space:
On what to do once you get there:
and, in support of any or all: relevant properties of some materials.
The road to space becomes even more important to us now that we are within reach of an end to aging and endless fertility.
Update: mid-summer, 2004 (I think actually the day before the solstice), the first non-government astronaut made it to space and safely home again, aboard SpaceShipOne. Other exciting developments are afoot, as well.Written by Eddy.