"The bottom line is this - the train is leaving the station. We have the technology now, so do other countries. The Moon is stop # 1. Are we ready to go? Over ready. Let's go! To the Moon we go!"
Well, it looks like the drought might finally be over. What drought? California? Nope - the longer drought. The one which has taken many decades. The one which is self imposed. I am talking about the drought in going to our Moon. Our Moon. The orb which depends on our gravity. And the reason we have not been back there on a manned landing since December, 1972 is ?????
1972? Wait just a minute Bird! That can't be right! 45 years? We had Wernher von Braun's rocket technology down to a science! Yes, we did. Then why the delay in going back? We may never know the answer to that question, but we do know this much. The time has come to pay a return visit or two (or a hundred). NASA may have become tepid in their voyager- ism, but entrepreneurs and other countries are not.
I have never understood why we have wasted money on Space Lab and the ISS when we have the Moon which is stable and ready to go for a base. We could have shuttled up materials to build a base on the Moon now for decades. A perfect location for a telescope, the jumping off location for a voyage to Mars, science studies in a low gravity environment, you name it. Instead, we have treated our Moon like it has been the Death Star for decades.
China has other ideas. I am frankly surprised that Russian does not at this point. What about the good old USA? The country which won the space race. Well, the NASA led government is still in a slumber. We are hitchhikers with the Russians in getting up to the ISS. Fortunately, we have a couple of non-government dreamers who are ready to change all of that. Who? Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
And we can't forget Richard Branson from the other side of the pond. He also has his designs on space travel. What does all this mean? We may be on the cusp of space travel once again. Only this time - no government. All private investment over here and government investment in China. In any event, in our lifetime, the Moon, maybe Mars, could become very busy.
Ever since I was a boy living across the ally from an astronomer with a huge telescope in his back yard, I have had stars in my eyes. One of my biggest blessings was in 1969 in boot camp, I had a hernia. I was admitted to Balboa Naval Hospital in July - around the time of the Moon landing. In boot camp there is no TV - in the hospital there was. I could see the Moon landing as it happened.
The bottom line is this - the train is leaving the station. We have the technology now, so do other countries. The Moon is stop # 1. Are we ready to go? Over ready. Let's go! To the Moon we go!