End of an Era

Today the space shuttle Discovery flew into Washington , DC on it’s way to the Smithsonian. It got me thinking about how it truly is the end of an era–one that hopefully will be revisited. Children growing up today don’t have that childhood dream of being an astronaut, because frankly, it just won’t happen. I mean when I was growing up I never thought about getting into Economics and I-banking, it was policeman, fireman, astronaut. Today’s astronauts will be commercialized. While they may be following the likes of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the sense that they’re going to space, they won’t be following in the tradition of going to space for your country like Armstrong in the space race with Russia.  To think that our space exploration program is fading–we still have the space station–just amazes me. We are–at least we consider–ourselves the greatest country in the world but we are abandoning the “final frontier.” Hopefully the commercialized space exploration programs can make a significant contribution and once again put space exploration on the government funding agenda.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/17/opinion/seymour-space/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

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  1. […] Watching Discovery being transported kind of hammers home the fact that this is the end of an era (as brought up by another Astro 201 blogger). Since this is such a pivotal time in space exploration for our country, I thought it would be […]



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