Tarheeltalker

If We Can Send A Man To The Moon, We Can…

How many times have we either said that phrase or heard it said regarding a plethora of things? Doubtless, in reference to our friend the common cold as well as much more serious illnesses such as cancer. Or it could have been some  mundane thing, such as a comfortable pair of jeans. Just yesterday, I made reference to the Wright  brothers first flight. Less than 66 years later, Neil Armstrong , in  a grainy hard to see picture , stepped onto the moon.

I believe  one could say that the space race was “just” a part, albeit a big part, of the Cold War between East and West, the Soviet Union and   the  United   States. Both countries poured enormous resources, financial and human into this lofty goal. I was reminded today that there were failures. Before Apollo 11, there was the  tragic launch pad fire that killed astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and  Roger Chaffee. Grissom was a most interesting fellow. He gave an interview  in eraly  January, 1967 ( about 3 weeks before his death)  in which  he expressed serious doubts about the success of a lunar landing.

It is easy to forget this tragedy and numerous other problems   that   NASA dealt with on this  4oth  anniversary of such  a  great accomplishment. We do well to remember that great accomplishments come at great cost . I saw portions of a History Channel special today on Apollo11 and it referenced the deaths of these 3 men . Someone made the comment that their  lives were not lost in vain. This individual went on to  say that many beneficial  changes  were made in the Apollo program as  a result of their loss.

Now, having said that, I wonder if there will  ever  be the national will to focus on a goal such as  the lunar landing, something that in reality, did not show a tangible benefit for the country as a whole. Surely, many useful  things have come from the space program, but as by-products, not as a direct result . Of course, we do love many of those  products, such as satellite tv, virtual reality and high tech running shoes.

Today, we would have enormous difficulty even agreeing on such a goal and then, how to go about reaching it. I suppose one could say  there is not always a way where there is a will, but on July 20, 1969 at 10:48 PM science fiction did meet reality. They really did go  to the  moon, didn’t they? I don’t think my mom was ever sure.

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July 20, 2009 - Posted by | History, Technology | , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. We can see congress trying to make up there minds on a mission such as going to the moon. They would be debateing until the pig come home. LOL

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. I rest my case! Decision making at the White House takes along time these days unless its for a socialist program.

    [The Obama administration is waiting for a recommendation from an outside panel, which will examine a return-to-the-moon policy that started under President George W. Bush and compare that to other goals and different spaceship designs.

    Five years ago, Bush said he wanted to land astronauts back on the moon by 2020. So with Armstrong standing next to him and nodding, Obama said those magic words: “Keep the goal by 2020.”

    But he wasn’t finished. “Keep the goal by 2020 of having the highest college graduation rates of any country on Earth, especially in the math and science fields.”

    The Obama administration isn’t quite ready to make long-term commitments to space exploration, said John Logsdon, former George Washington University space policy director. ]

    http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/us_apollo_astronauts/2009/07/20/237894.html

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. The honor of being the first to step foot on the Moon was originally mean for Virgil “Gus” Grissom, the Masonic martyr with strange, semiotic connections to Barackobamun. But Gus fell victim to an allegedly accidental fire aboard Apollo…
    Documentary video:Gus Grissom-video

    Comment by Ashley Cocks | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. My virus protection blocked me from seeing the video you reference in your comment. I did watch 2 other similar videos and they certainly raised some interesting, unanswered questions.

    Comment by tarheeltalker | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. I have AVG virus and it didn’t detect anything but who knows. Oh yes this Rev sure tells it the way it is and does not pull any punches! 🙂

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | July 21, 2009 | Reply


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