21
Jul
11

Happy Moon Landing Day!

I wasn’t going to do this because whenever one gets political someone gets their knickers in a twist. But on this occasion, and subject matter…too bad.

Today it’s been 42 years since we landed on the Moon. In all that time we have a holiday for everything including Festivus.

Landing on the Moon is one of the most single most important things the human race has ever achieved. And it’s not a national-global holiday?  And please. Don’t give me that horse crap about it never happened. And don’t let the door slam you in the ass either when you exit here.

The media snores, the public snores, our shuttle program is closed down by a clueless President and the torch slowly goes out while our kid’s heroes’ become rap stars and sports players? How will we ever get back in space if this trend continues?

The numbers are few for those of us that demand humans travel the Stars. But it doesn’t change the overall importance. In this case our needs outweigh theirs. Or to quote Spock: “Sometimes the needs of the few out weight the needs of the many.”

This planet won’t hold many more people, we have stopped exploring and there are no more oceans to journey to find new lands on Earth. And to make things worse this planet has an expiration date on it somewhere. We could be wiped out at any time by a natural disaster. Everything we ever did and knew would be gone. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

An aggressive move to travel in space would create new technologies, jobs, hope and most importantly, a life boat. Can you imagine where we would be today had we kept going after we landed on the Moon? It boggles the mind. But the many wanted Wars, trade and industry that is destroying the planet in the name of territory and profit-greed. This is insane.

I love what the captain of the USS Relativity called us, Industrial barbarians.

What the human race is doing is wrong, and as my signature says on the forums. “Make Star Ships not War.”

Steve

 

 


6 Responses to “Happy Moon Landing Day!”


  1. 1 Chris
    July 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Well put Steve. Unfortunately, it has come to be popular in this country to hate ourselves and be ashamed of what we have accomplished. Until that changes, we will continue down the path of mediocrity.

  2. 2 Dan Eaton
    July 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Steve,
    A great idea. Right now our government is not so much in the business of nobel causes, all things change and in time so will that. In the mean time, I find hope in what the folks down New Mexico way are doing.

  3. July 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I do not wear knickers.

    The Chinese are laying plans to look at the feasibility of mining the moon.

    We should already be on Mars.

    We should have had permanent presence on the moon 20 years ago.

    We now rent Soyuz capsules to get into space.

    I have exhausted myself arguing with intelligent people, who cannot fathom the fact, that space exploration has had such a huge impact on the human condition. The unheard of gains in technology, medicine and the effects on the economy have vastly surpassed those generated by the last two world wars. Oh, and we did not have to kill 100 million people to achieve these gains.

    People complain about the ‘cost’ yet will support greater amounts of money thrown into programs that benefit, literally, a few hundred people and return nothing.

    Maybe I can re-purpose a Kwanzaa card to celebrate the day!

    Sorry – I’ve hijacked another one of your posts.

  4. July 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Well, I believe that we DID really land there. I can remember being a kid in the ’70s, and marvelling at photos of the lunar landing. I remember taking a paper grocery bag and cutting a circular hole in one side, taking a marker and drawing buttons beneath the hole, and then putting the bag over my head and going outside, pretending to be walking in a lower-gravity environment. And I definitely remember thinking that one day I’d go into space, maybe landing on an asteroid or touring the moon.

  5. July 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Steve:
    Right there, with ya guy!

    There’s a thread on N-Sub.com about this and I put in my thoughts, but in a nutshell, the Moon race was the only tremendous leap in technology that wasn’t directly involving a world war. (Okay, this was motivated by the Cold War but no shots were fired.)

    As a global event that taken place in my lifetime, the landing on the Moon rates NUMBER ONE and we old enough to remeber it, experienced it LIVE!

    Tommie

  6. 6 Cliff Simmons
    July 22, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I remember it well! I was 4 years old and I sat with my father in front of our small black & white TV. I recall Neil taking his first steps on the Moon and Walter Concrete not shutting up about it! LOL!!!! I also recall Apollo 17’s night liftoff. Damn, I’m old! 😀


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