Happy Moon Day. It is once again time to take note of the annual memorial for Apollo 11 lunar landing. Now it has been all of 45 years since that Sunday. I, my brother, parents, and many million others around watched that “creaky old stile black & white movie” type of scratchy video as Neal Armstrong, then Buzz Aldrin descended ladder of their lunar lander on to the lunar surface, while Michael Collins tended the command & service Apollo modules in lunar orbit.
That is 45 years past, but still significant. (Interestingly, numerically, 1969 and 2014 share the same dates / days of week calender layout.)
In mid 1970-s about 7 years afterward, a Princeton Physicist, Gerard K. O’Neil brought to public attention an interesting vision – – Space Development. That is mining, industrial manufacturing, settlements of standard terrestrial human kind beginning to establish ourselves in that valuable real estate out across the solar system That view is still worthy of grasping so as to once again set course toward helping most people to thrive economically, and look forward with hope again, not just exist in great fear that they are just a short period from being rendered destitute, while the rulers have never had it better.
In the mean time, you may still hear a few interesting bits of news. One of the coastal Emirate neighbors of Saudi Arabia have committed to sending a space probe of their own to Mars. The CEO of the Tesla electric car company and of Space X has had a successfully cargo delivery flight by his Falcon launch vehicle and Dragon reusable space craft reach the international space station. Its price tag was lower than its prior competitors. The Mars Society solicited for volunteers willing to become Mars Settlers in a few years. Many people filed applications seeking to be selected. A researcher has been publishing tech papers asserting that his theoretical studies might in a few decades culminate in Star Trek style Warp Drives becoming possible. He is on staff at a NASA center, and is hoping that the small effort may endure for a bit.
These are a few small positive notes. But surely, many folks will agree that affordable, wide open to all, access to space, for regular folk to do there what they now routinely do hear for gaining livelihoods, is taking far too long.
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Sol III A (Terra)