Sunday, May 31, 2020

Back to Space

As the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral yesterday afternoon, the internet filled with reminiscences from the nearly 60 years of manned space travel. Those a little older were remembering the first time a man walked on the moon. A little older than that remembered the first time a man went into space. Those my age remember watching the first Space Shuttle launch. Not many years hence, there will be no one alive who remembers a time before man was capable of leaving the Earth.

Children watching yesterday saw the first privately owned company launch humans to space. There are three companies competing to make space travel profitable. The promise of space, being vast and virtually limitless, is now potentially open to anyone. What an amazing time to be alive. Hopefully, the kids watching will have their imaginations inspired, and not pay attention to the groupthink and negative peer pressures from the constant bombardment of media.