61-01-19, 69-07-16, 81-04-12, 18-02-06 AND…?

February 6th, 2018


I am a child of the American space program, of humanity’s exploration of the final frontier. My generation will be defined by what President John Fitzgerald Kennedy called our choice:

to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win…

I watched the launches of Alan Shepard on 19 January 1961; of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin on 16 July 1969; of John Young and Robert Crippen on 4 April 1981 and today I watched Starman blast into space with Douglas Adam’s sage words affixed to his dash.

At this moment I stood and cheered.

My one wish now is to be alive when the first human sets foot on Mars…

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