The president’s declaration that man can never be satisfied with remote information provided by robots and cameras but that we must “see and examine and touch for ourselves” surely did not refer only to the planets and moons orbiting around our sun. His bold words could not help but inspire the general public. Although the space scientists present knew that manned missions accomplishing “hands-on” examination of anything beyond our solar system cannot and will not happen, they cheered the president (along with those ignorant of the truth). After all, “space exploration” is their profession and livelihood. To keep that going, both the public and our leaders must imagine that there are theoretically no limits to what our ingenuity can accomplish, when, in fact, there are—and serious ones.