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Do you view space exploration as a miracle of modern technology, or a waste of money and resources?
Do you remember the moon landing? Apollo 13 (the event, not the movie!)? The Challenger disaster? Where were you and what were you doing?
-- Paulineee (email@example.com), July 12, 2001
Second star to the left and straight on 'till morning
-- Jeremy Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 13, 2001.
Moon Landing - Boarding school in Rhodesia. We went to sleep listening to the American Forces Radio shortwave broadcasting the descent to the moon. Next morning it was the headlines... first man on the moon.
Challenger Disaster - Just started the working day when someone came in, he had watched it on TV in a department store... Eatons.
Of course, I could trot out the arguments that we would not have ballpoint pens that write upside down without the space program, and I believe that these are valid arguments for space research and exploration. But deep inside I believe that Space exploration is something cool. I just can not get enough information on it.
-- Douglas (email@example.com), July 13, 2001.
I see someone posted directions to Never Never Land... Peter Pan, is that you?
-- Stephanie (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 13, 2001.
Yes it's me. Old and grizzled and fat and bald and grey and . . .
But still not grown up!
-- Jeremy Brown (email@example.com), July 14, 2001.
That's the spirit, Jeremy! Despite what kids might think, adulthood isn't all it's cracked up to be, and I'm willing to bet that Wendy bitterly regretted abandoning her adventure (not to mention those wild and crazy lost boys!) for the harshness of the real world. I applaud your appreciation of the childlike innocence far too many of us have lost on the way to becoming jaded "grown ups." (I hope I'm not being too presumptuous by attaching such significance to your remarks, but anyone who quotes J.M. Barrie in a forum on space travel MUST have an appreciation for childlike charm and simplicity! *smile*) Now we just have to work on your self-image and attitude about age... Bear in mind this aphorism from the afore-mentioned Mr. Barrie: "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is its own troubles." 'Nuff said.
-- Stephanie (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 14, 2001.
Guess I am still childishly trying to cope with the idea of space with out end as opposed to space with end. Either idea can boggle a mind. I was a Buck Rogers fan way back when, think I read the first Astounding Mag. Analog it now is. I'm thinking that maybe we had better locate a planet to go to to let us survive long enough to ruin it before we leave for another one. Hopefully we will get it right after a few stabs at it.
-- Denver doug (email@example.com), July 31, 2001.