Have a good look at this, and reflect on what you see.
Earth, as photographed from the surface of the moon, in 1969. What a beautiful sight to behold. We once had, as a nation, the burning desire to explore, to learn about the world from beyond terra firma. It isn’t computer graphics, digital manipulation, but a 6 by 6 centimeter frame taken from a Hasselblad. By a human being, encpsulated in a space suit, risking life itself in the hard vacuum of space, no less.
We watched grainy video, television images fed through a ground station, and collectively cheered as Neil Armstrong announced the triumph “for all mankind”.
It’s been a few years since that day. Today, our children have little understanding of what it took to reach that goal, and just how wonderful it was for all of us. Our leaders flounder over the issues of the day, and spend many times more than the entire project cost, even if we compare the outlay allowing for the changing value of the dollar, all in the name of political expediency.
Above is a view of the familiar face of the Moon, plus “the dark side” we cannot see from Earth.
I pray that we will again find the will to return there. Perhaps I’ll be a grandfather when we do.