Our Nation's Greatest Accomplishment
A recent reunion shot of the crew of Apollo 11.
The three greatest positive historic events of the Twentieth Century
1) The rebirth of Israel.
2) The retaking of the Temple Mount by Israel.
3) Apollo 11.
The moon is the first major land mass of which we can name the date and name of the first person to walk on it.
I was sitting in my living room with my family and two elderly neighbors (one of whom was a WWI vet) as we watched the indistinct images of the first moonwalk. I, being all of 12, felt such great hope for the future. We were on our way. We would have a large space station soon with a small base on the moon. Another ten years and there would be tourists going to the moon. twenty to twenty five years and we would do the same to Mars.
Quid non? Why Not?
We're fooling around in low-earth orbit. Yes it's expensive but the nation that dominates space would gain a lot on earth as well. Some say there is nothing of value on the moon, but we have barely even looked at it. Think of it! Billions of years of no air or water! What compounds would occur in nature if they didn't react to contact with water or air? What medical or industrial use would we find for such compounds that would almost have to exist? We have no idea of what's really up there. The cure for cancer? The cure for AIDS? Something that can be used as another source of power? Will China find out before we do? We're not going to find them in a few hundred pounds of rock.
We have a formal plan to go back but do we still have the national will to do it? Or have the mindless screaming mobs of the blame America first crowd totally sapped us of our national will to even survive, let alone prosper?