I know there will be those who doubt, those who think such leaps forward are impossible or naïve at best. But for Americans who are determined to achieve their dreams, nothing is impossible. President Ronald Reagan, in his 1984 State of the Union address, began to implement one such dream when he assigned NASA the task of beginning work on a permanently manned space station (what would ultimately become the International Space Station). Today, leaders, pioneers and entrepreneurs are working out commercial space travel and a manned-mission to Mars. In the 1980s, NASA alone seemed capable of such projects, but today, it is private citizens and companies that are taking the next steps.