“The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet, and our visions go rather further than that, and our opportunities are unlimited.” Neil Armstrong
On Saturday afternoon I looked at Facebook and saw something about Neil Armstrong. At first I thought it was some sort of satirical post from The Onion, but then I realized that what I was reading was actually a statement from NASA. It said that Neil Armstrong had died. Continue reading
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Not long ago, I had the opportunity to tour Kennedy Space Center. Because the Shuttle program has ended, areas like the huge Vehicle Assembly Building which had been closed to the public for many years are now open. I had mixed emotions on the tour. While I was thrilled to be able to see inside the building where Saturn rockets and Space Shuttle stacks were assembled, I was keenly aware that I was also witnessing the end. The tour guide used the past tense throughout the tour, saying things like “there is the Orbiter Processing Facility, where we used to performance maintenance on the orbiters between flights.” The Space Shuttle Endeavour was being stored in the VAB, and looked as if it should be up on cement blocks as it is being made ready for its new home in a museum. The launch platform for the Ares rocket stands unused nearby as that program was canceled. I found myself wishing deeply that I was not witnessing the beginnings of a huge outdoor museum.