I posted this last year and the year before. Here it is updated.
On this day at 02:56 UTC 48 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to leave one of these on the surface of another astronomical body. Three years and five months later, Eugene Cernan became the last man to do so, so far.
The last Space Shuttle touched down for the last time six years and one day ago.
Elon Musk of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX fame has said that the impetus behind the development of SpaceX came when his son asked him, “is it really true that they used to fly to the moon when you were a boy?”
Now there are two-dozen or more private space ventures around the world. There is a plan to capture and retrieve an asteroid for commercial purposes. Two companies want to mine the moon. One plans on landing a probe by the end of the year.
If we can just hold it together for a couple more decades, humanity might get off this rock, and we might do it in my lifetime.
But it’s looking less and less likely to me.
As someone posted on Facebook, “They promised me that by now we would have colonies on the moon. What did we get instead?”
We got an electorate that put Barack Obama in the Oval Office – twice – and then gave us a choice between Felonia von Pantsuit and The Big Cheeto.
I hate to say it, but the nation peaked in 1969, Viet Nam and all.