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20 July, 2009 / Erik

Lost Moon

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“If we die, we want people to accept it. We’re in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.”

– Gus Grissom, responding to a reporter, at a press conference for the first manned Apollo mission.

Forty years ago, we got as far as we ever will. The last time mankind climbed this high, a jealous, wrathful God stuck us down and destroyed our ability to cooperate for thousands of years. This time, we backed away from greatness all on our own. 1969 was the hight of future’s promise. From that point on, it’s been downhill. We got bored with the great adventure. We got small minded. Ultimately, our apathy did more to end manned exploration of space then any petty bureacrat, barking decryer, or accident ever did.

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