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I can’t help feeling that I’m living in the past. To clarify; I should have been born in the future.
They went to the Moon (last stop: 1972)
I was reading an article about NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the moon in 2028.
2028! That’s more than 50 years after the last person set foot on the moon in 1972!
It was on May 25, 1961 that President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would put a man on the moon, and bring him safely home (source: space.com).
It took 8 years to realise President Kennedy’s announcement when in 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first famous small steps. Then the human species enjoyed further lunar landings for only 3 years before stopping for a well earned ‘break’.
So what’s new in 2028?
They’ll go to the Moon
The difference now is that the return back home is no longer a part of the mission – it’s a one way journey! Indeed, the moon is to become a new home!
I’m sure we’re all familiar with the idea of a moon base being the first (small) step for mankind towards interplanetary colonisation. It features in countless sci-fi novels, and all of these novels are set in the future.
Technological achievements – in the past
We look back in time now and scoff at, for example, huge over-sized computers the weight of bricks with little more processing power than, well. A brick. The space shuttle had computers built into it’s walls, but these heavy machines have long since been ripped out and replaced by modern day lighter laptops.
The original Star Trek episodes are packed full of fantastic technological ideas – albeit painted with the idea of technology from the sixties? Even the Next Generation crew hold tablets the thickness of paving slabs.
I understand that good technology is built upon previous trials, failures and successes, but I’ve always been one to look at the final goal.
Back to the Moon
Annoyingly, rather than seeing going back to the moon as a good first step, I’m getting frustrated at the wait between now and the interplanetary habitation.
Is my mind always in the future? I can’t time travel there, but I have to live through the time in between, and to be honest, I probably don’t have that many years ahead of me (or the required physical fitness).
I can’t help thinking that I’ve simply been born too early. In which case, I’m not ahead of my time – I’m behind it!
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