I wish for another Moon race

Released to Public: Apollo 16 on the Moon, April 16, 1972 (NASA)The only reason I am sorry I was not alive in 1960's was to witness the monumental space race between USA and USSR which culminated in sending a man to the moon in 1969. Since that time, there has not been such a huge scale technological rivalry between any two nations.

Today USA spends almost trillion dollars to bail out Wall street, shifting into neo-capitalism, dangerous as all other 'neo' forms out there. Another trillion is spent on war on Iraq, fruitless effort that turns it's back on it's creators. And with 10 trillion in debt, I see some serious money mismanagement going on there.

On the other hand Russia is surfing the profits of world wide energy crises and has just come up with a plan to spend freshly earned 20 trillion dollars for their nuclear program by the year 2020.

Most of us struggle to grasp a million dollars of wealth. Billion is 1,000 times more then that. And a trillion is 1,000 billions. Those are tremendous amounts of money.

Imagine what would world look like if that money was invested in technology, science, medicine and ecology over the span of next 10 years? Should not that be the world we'd like to be living in?

Just few days ago, Neil Armstrong gave an interview at NASA's 50th anniversary.  (The fact that no one tries to send a man to the Moon today, even with all the technology we have available as it's too expensive and risky, only makes his extraordinary accomplishment even more amazing. We should try to honor man like Neil while they are still alive, not after they are no longer with us.)

And the old astronaut (now 78) came and he gave an impressive speech. And I want to finish this thought with an excerpt (you can find the whole speech here).

Neil Armstrong, 25th September, 2008

"I submit that one of the most important roles of government is to inspire and motivate its citizens, and particularly its young citizens – to love, to learn, to strive to participate in and contribute to societal progress. By that measure, NASA will without doubt rank in the top tier of government enterprises.

The goal is far more than just going faster and higher and further. Our goal – indeed our responsibility – is to develop new options for future generations: options in expanding human knowledge, exploration, human settlements and resource development, outside in the universe around us.

Our highest and most important hope is that the human race will improve its intelligence, its character, and its wisdom, so that we'll be able to properly evaluate and choose among those options, and the many others we will encounter in the years ahead."


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7 Comments

  1. Oct 15th, 2008 9:46 AM

    Hello Chris thanks for that inspiring comment. I wish I was around at the time to capture those moments of triumph.

  2. Oct 15th, 2008 6:03 AM

    I forgot to say:

    You aren't the only one wishing for a Moon race. But it's more than that. I'm wishing for some grand idea that will captivate everyone enough that we can all quit bickering and progress. How is it that we could have walked on the moon in my lifetime and now, nothing. Such a lack of vision. It's like the moon walk is the Pyramid of the 20th century.

  3. Oct 15th, 2008 6:01 AM

    Vlad;

    I grew up in a rural town in Florida, between the cape and Orlando. When there was a launch, my Dad and I would stand out in the front yard with a cup of coffee and watch it go up. If it was an early morning or a night launch, we'd wait a while until the rocket was way up in the sky then my Pop would say "Listen," and we'd close out eyes and the roar from the engines would whisper past us. You could hear it. It was awesome.

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  4. Oct 8th, 2008 9:13 AM

    nice article! i agree with it

  5. Oct 1st, 2008 10:31 AM

    I like the cut of your jib there my Prelovaccy friend.

    I try to wonder what the world would look and feel like if all that money was, instead, poured into things like medicine and such?

  6. Sep 30th, 2008 8:10 PM

    First let me thank you for a wonderful web design for a bog. I have started to use it and I am new to Blogging :)

    I loved your blog on about the moon race. Your choice of words are wonderful. Imagine what we as humans of all races and color could accomplish with this amount of money.. just imagine.

    Thank you again,

    Stephen in CANADA

  7. Sep 30th, 2008 5:09 AM

    Vladimir,

    I do remember staying up past 2am watching the Apollo 11 moonwalk on a hot summer night in July of 1969, I was 8-year-old boy old and I felt the magic.

    Thanks for the quote. Neil Armstrong is definitely one of my heroes. Imagine buckling into the most powerful object ever created and riding out to space, and then trusting the LEM's a single solid booster rocket to fire you off the surface of the moon--talk about guts!

    I agree, given a challenge, humankind can definitely do amazing things.

    Great blog! I appreciate your awesome viewpoint on our beautiful world.

    Best,
    Tony