Barryr, you should really know that short-term trends do not singularly define the path of highly inert processes.
This page is excellent, and I commend the person who composed the videos within.
Those who set foot on planets outside our solar system will have "more of our strengths and few of our weaknesses." All the indications are that the reverse is more likely to be true.
Cosmos first aired in 1980 and Carl died in 1996. Since then we have ruined our environment, wiped out complete species, drawn back from space exploration and seen the massive erosion of civil liberties and personal freedom.
July 20th 1969 saw man walk on the moon for the first time and now, more than 40 years later, we have ventured no further. In fact, all the indications are that man's emissaries will be robots. Perhaps it's better we remain earthbound or, at best, in low earth orbit; a much safer and cheaper option. 1st February 2003 and space shuttle Columbia broke up on re-entry. Per aspera ad astra; through hardship to the stars.
Fly me to the moon
And let me play amongst the stars
But now the shuttle's grounded
We're just sending robots to Mars
400 billion stars in our own Milky Way galaxy alone and now we find that there is a minimum average of one planet per star. What chance that life exists elsewhere in the universe with its 100 billion galaxies? For those who fear that SETI will alert alien intelligences to our presence, then SETI listens, it does not transmit.
Great series of short videos set to inspire the world about Space Exploration.