Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Shooting for the moon ... 42 years later ...

I was a child of the space age, born just eight days after Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Growing up all through the Sixties, I closely followed the US Space Program.

On the date of the moon landing, I was at the Space Age Lodge in Anaheim, I built model rockets, kept a poster of the moon launches on my wall. Space was, as they said on Star Trek, the final frontier.

The last US Space Shuttle launch occurred earlier this month. And with it, ended the current era of Americans in space (starting with Alan Shepard on May 5, 1961 - when I was just a few weeks old). Today, the shuttle is also scheduled to land for the last time.

I wonder if there will ever be another human on the moon in my lifetime?

Apollo at NASM: Apollo 11 Command module
Apollo 11

Apollo at NASM: Model of Tranquility Base
Tranquility Base

Apollo at NASM: Moon rock
Moon rock

Moon over Arlington

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