Monday, July 20, 2009

We Like the Moon

Forty years ago today, earthlings walked on the moon for the first time. Is the spirit that took us there still alive today?
"But this is not merely a race. Space is open to us now; and our eagerness to share its meaning is not governed by the efforts of others. We go into space because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share." -- JFK
Watch more video at ReelNASA or try this mission tracker, or even do a bit of sightseeing. Also, Joe has some links and thoughts here.

UPDATE: Moon Landing Anniversary from Jon Stewart.


Keera said...

"The Dish" was a wonderful and low-key movie. I just whipped out another comment on another site, and considering what "Joe. My. God" said, I'll share again here:

"Back to the actual watching of the moon walk, etc.: The enthusiasm is definitely mostly national. Americans had more to root for and more at stake than anybody else, but my biggest frustration today is with people who don’t understand why we should even bother with space exploration. And they think it’s too expensive (1% of the US budget, is all). Considering the paradigm shift that happened when we all finally got to see what Earth really looks like from space (up till then, Earth was depicted without cloud cover), the beautiful blue marble of home suspended in black space, I can’t help but think that there will be more to unite us as we explore more of our solar system. Such endeavors seem to bring out the best in us."

One response to my comment mentioned the time lapse between the first discovery of the Mississippi river (1541) and the next time a European bothered with it (about a century). So we may yet experience the future Gene Roddenberry dreamed of.

A Free Man said...

I've been thinking about this a lot lately - with all the coverage. What we did in 1969 was absolutely amazing and in hindsight may mark the pinnacle of the American experiment. We've done nothing in space in the last 40 years that even compares. Hell, we can barely get a shuttle up into orbit and back again. I think it's a real shame that we're not willing to spend the money to take the next step - Mars - and beyond.