Jake wore out my VHS tapes of HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon. He got DVD versions for Christmas.
Reading JFK’s speech—included on the bonus disc—and watching the episodes again, it really is hard to believe that it happened at all.
As much as I’ve always loved the idea of human space travel, I have to admit that I find it very hard to justify. The risk:reward really favors robotic probes beyond Earth orbit. We’ve done LEO long enough that I think the risk:reward really doesn’t justify continually sending humans there either. Even if it did, I still think the SSC would’ve been a better investment in science than the ISS.
(I’m really only talking about NASA here. I’m very glad to see the development of commercial human space flight.)
I’m beginning to think that winding things down once the political goal was made wasn’t really such a tragedy.
Still. It’s so hard to believe that the country actually came together enough to even achieve that goal. I can’t imagine it happening today. Even Obama’s call for us to actually see some progress in alternative energy technologies after all the decades they’ve been talked about. Imagine if we could actually see Project Apollo-like resolve behind that.