I was watching the live coverage of the Mars Curiosity mission, and something I kept hearing was "This is a great day for American people". And it is. It's a great day for American people. And it's a great day for you and me, too. It's a great day for everyone.
You see, space isn't ours. It doesn't belong to you, or to me, or to anybody. Space is just there. We need to take it - and I'll be damned if it's not the entire human race who took it.
The great battle to take space isn't a battle between countries, or people. It's a battle between us and the unknown. Us. Not the American people, or the Russian people, or the Chinese people, but us. You and me and everybody.
We've fought this before, and won. We fought our way through rainforests. We swam seas and sailed oceans.
This time, it's a bigger fight. The biggest fight, against the most perfect enemy. I can't do this alone. You can't do this alone.
We're getting there. I hope that soon, it doesn't matter where I'm from or where you're from - all that matters is that we are from Earth. What good are borders when we're a million miles away?
Space isn't ours, but it will be someday. It will belong to us. It will belong to humans. To people. To the Russians and the Americans and the Chinese and the Iranians and the Pakistanis and the Kenyans and the Brazilians and everyone, together. It will belong to our children and our parents and people we will never know.
We must unite to take the sky. It can no longer be us versus them - it is and has always been just us. Just humans. Just you and me and everyone. Earthlings.