The Generation That Didn’t Go to the Moon

The Legend has gone home but still alive – just look up and point the moon.

Father Theo's Blog

I grew up on science fiction.  Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, HG Wells, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison.  Etc.

The entire history of human space exploration has happened within my lifetime, within the lifetime of Baby Boomers like me.  From Sputnik in 1957, through the moon landings in the ‘60s and ‘70s, to the current Mars “Curiosity” efforts, it has all happened in our era.

I saw, on a giant screen in a plaza in front of city hall in Toronto, Neil Armstrong set the first human step on the Moon.

He said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  And just over a second after he said it (because even the speed of light has limitations) 600 million people, and me, heard him say it.

I was raised on optimism.  We had gone to the Moon.  We were going to…

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