I remember when a Democratic president committed us to go to the moon [View all]
I've heard the ridicule heaped on Newt Gingrich by the media, for his moon base comments; that ridicule seems to be largely echoed by people on this forum. My major regret is that it took Gingrich to mention this as a goal.
But, I remember when a young, visionary, liberal president committed us to landing on the moon, within a decade:
During that decade:
- We had a mostly successful anti-poverty program, and
- we had the best job growth per year since the New Deal: 3.9%, and
- we were renewing the US educational system, and
- young people were inspired and motivated to pursue careers in science and education.
How many of the older DUers remember, like Carl Sagan, that for a few years, we soared into the Solar System:
How many of you are old enough to remember when we looked forward to the future:
The cartoonist, XKCD, created this graph:
"The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason to go into space--each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision."
A final quote from the late, great comedian and philosopher, Bill Hicks:
Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.
K&R if you agree!