Master Of The Universe
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|Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:54 pm Post subject: 40 years ago - Man on The Moon....
|Neil Armstrong stepping onto the Moon's surface.
This was truly history. At 14 years of age, I remember everyone staying up all night and watching TV at about 4 AM to witness this historic event.
Kind of quirky that (and just as that Franco-British supersonic Concorde) we've not done a damn thing about serious space exploration since then.
Well, considering that this whole Moon trip was nothing but a one-upmanship game against the Soviets during the Cold War, one can imagine that there was no real need or vision for it anyway, except to boost America's image and show everyone who the big dog truly was??
Once that was established, why bother taking it from there?? Well, actually now, since the Chinese have clearly stated that they intend on sending some astronauts there and claim some land as their own, surely this will suddenly revive our own ... (erm) 'desire' to go there again.
Nothing like competition, eh?