posted on Sep, 8 2015 @ 11:41 AM
a reply to: DarkerJackal
Yeah, I have to wonder too. Back then was it only a saber rattling dance? I mean there was the race with the Russians and all but there was also a
dream. Like all we had to do was apply ourselves and today would be like you suggest, moon bases, Mars bases and mining the asteroids. Maybe, but at
least, at least a fine orbiting space station with world class science labratories in it and small but functioning societies. But all we have, and
this is even an international project, that space station that is really to my mind little more than a 'shed' floating out there, hardly a station
there really, just barely a life boat.
Now, I do not hold with the 'it was a hoax' gang about the moon landing. I think it happened as popular history generally depicts, but I also think
that it was much more expensive than originally projected and the pay off was not nearly as lucrative as hoped for.
I know that taxpayers were backing off of the dream as it promised little to better their lives and government had to cut programs, but I wonder that
it may have been deeper than that. And corporations also were not pouring money into the dream as the profit seemed to far in the future and we know
that corporations want profit now, in the short term.
And now I wonder at the idea of sending man into space at all, at least for a while. I mean with all the computer advances it would seem to me that we
could pilot robots to the moon to do the mining and stuff, if there really was anything there worth mining. We don't need to send people at all, just
machines. But even that seems to be moving oh so slowly slowly s l o w l y.
In the 1950s I started reading my uncles science fiction novels. Back then they were mostly like simple stories about moon colonies and space stations
and farms on Mars. Even that big movie from back in what was it 68, called 2001 was seemed not an unrealistic possibility but whatta we got now?
Hardly anything. I am so disapointed. I'm getting old now and that dream I held way back then in the 60s when we supposedly landed on the moon are now
very tarnished and I hold little hope for something more in my life time. Alas.