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« Topic Start: July 21, 2009, 12:09:07 am »

Apollo 11.

I wasn't yet eight; my memories are kinda spotty - some bits are clear, others hazy; still others, I don't even realize I remember until I hear a recording, read a transcript, see a picture.

I have no words to adequately describe just what this means to me, and I get all choked up when I try (yes, my fingers get all choked up when I try to type).  If you go to The Virtual Filksing and DL the song "Hope Eyrie" (it's about halfway down the page), that comes closest.

<waves arms about and hollers in the general direction of NASA> So, leap already!!

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« Reply #1: July 26, 2009, 03:22:16 pm »

Apollo 11.

I wasn't yet eight; my memories are kinda spotty - some bits are clear, others hazy; still others, I don't even realize I remember until I hear a recording, read a transcript, see a picture.

I have no words to adequately describe just what this means to me, and I get all choked up when I try (yes, my fingers get all choked up when I try to type).  If you go to The Virtual Filksing and DL the song "Hope Eyrie" (it's about halfway down the page), that comes closest.

<waves arms about and hollers in the general direction of NASA> So, leap already!!

Sunflower

Sorry, you'd be better served waving your arms in the direction of China; America's broke. Even NASA's plans to return to the Moon will not likely survive the Obama administration. The money's just not there.

Hopefully, at least the Hammer And Sickle will be hoisted somewhere beyond this world by the end of the century. So much for winning the Cold War.
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« Reply #2: July 26, 2009, 04:34:12 pm »

Hopefully, at least the Hammer And Sickle will be hoisted somewhere beyond this world by the end of the century. So much for winning the Cold War.

Unlikely as the Soviet Union is no more. Smiley  Russia might, but Russia has even less money for a space program than the US does. Most likely: some international group like the current International Space Station.
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« Reply #3: July 26, 2009, 07:09:12 pm »

Unlikely as the Soviet Union is no more. Smiley  Russia might, but Russia has even less money for a space program than the US does. Most likely: some international group like the current International Space Station.

No, dude, I'm talking about China.
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« Reply #4: July 26, 2009, 07:12:25 pm »

No, dude, I'm talking about China.

Thanks for the correction! My bad...I keep thinking that the Chinese flag has a hammer and sickle pattern like the old USSR's did.
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« Reply #5: July 26, 2009, 07:51:08 pm »

Thanks for the correction! My bad...I keep thinking that the Chinese flag has a hammer and sickle pattern like the old USSR's did.

NO, it's red with 1 big star in the corner, with four little stars to the right of it. (and yes, i did have to look it up)
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« Reply #6: July 26, 2009, 10:56:58 pm »

NO, it's red with 1 big star in the corner, with four little stars to the right of it. (and yes, i did have to look it up)

Yeah, I looked it up myself after Randall mentioned it.
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« Reply #7: July 27, 2009, 05:27:32 pm »

Sorry, you'd be better served waving your arms in the direction of China; America's broke.
Actually, what I'm feeling most hopeful about right now is the private entrepreneurs.  But when it comes to the waving-arms-and-yelling part, I've been doing it at NASA for three decades now; it's a habit I'm unlikely to change - I concede it'd be more realistic to yell, "You assholes!  You fucked up the biggest and most important opportunity humanity's ever had!!", but it's kinda nice for there to be some grounds to hope.  The state of affairs for Apollo 11's 25th anniversary - now, that was discouraging and depressing.

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« Reply #8: July 27, 2009, 08:43:26 pm »

Actually, what I'm feeling most hopeful about right now is the private entrepreneurs.  But when it comes to the waving-arms-and-yelling part, I've been doing it at NASA for three decades now; it's a habit I'm unlikely to change - I concede it'd be more realistic to yell, "You assholes!  You fucked up the biggest and most important opportunity humanity's ever had!!", but it's kinda nice for there to be some grounds to hope.  The state of affairs for Apollo 11's 25th anniversary - now, that was discouraging and depressing.

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NASA screwed up by understating the true costs, and exaggerating the performance capabilities of the Space Shuttle, misleading American politicians for at least a decade.

The whole space policy debacle, though, isn't really their fault. NASA is just a civilian space agency. It is bound to obey the whims of its masters in Washington. The American government insisted that the Space Station Freedom/International Space Station would be designed to maximize aerospace contractor profits and help justify the Space Shuttle...all while minimizing worthwhile science. The American government failed to choose ambitious goals in space when it had the industrial base to financially support them. Now those options are gone. It's sad, and it pains me as a space geek.
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« Reply #9: July 27, 2009, 08:46:05 pm »

Actually, what I'm feeling most hopeful about right now is the private entrepreneurs.  But when it comes to the waving-arms-and-yelling part, I've been doing it at NASA for three decades now; it's a habit I'm unlikely to change - I concede it'd be more realistic to yell, "You assholes!  You fucked up the biggest and most important opportunity humanity's ever had!!", but it's kinda nice for there to be some grounds to hope.  The state of affairs for Apollo 11's 25th anniversary - now, that was discouraging and depressing.

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I really, really hope that I live to see private space travel and orbital tourism take off in a much bigger way (no pun intended).
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« Reply #10: July 27, 2009, 09:07:22 pm »

It's sad, and it pains me as a space geek.
Aha, I see you have good reason for being a bit of a wet blanket and harshing my (all-too-tiny bit of) squee.  Each of us (space geeks) have to deal with the pain in whatever way works (and sometimes we'll step on each other's toes with them - I was, as I'm sure you can tell, kinda peeved at you, but you may well have been peeved at me first), but we all have the pain.

I really, really hope that I live to see private space travel and orbital tourism take off in a much bigger way (no pun intended).
Let's both go squee at Richard Branson Cheesy.

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