“There is almost no doubt that the Chinese will be on the moon within a decade, while we will still be earthbound and potentially bankrupt as a nation with our economy, our technology, and our industrial might in ruins because of uncontrolled government spending, borrowing, and taxing. I had an exciting childhood living in the midst of the space race, but it saddens me to think that time, 40 years ago, may end up being the historical high point of our going out into space, the final frontier.”
I remember teaching a class of 10-year-old kids in the 80’s and remembered being stunned when every one of them (including my own sons) said that they didn’t want to be astronauts because space travel was too dangerous.
We didn’t go into space because seven men were willing to try and we didn’t go to the moon because 10 guys volunteered. We did those things because the nation wanted to. Somehow in the intervening 40 + years our heroes have gone from Neil Armstrong to Michael Jackson.
We’re too timid.