I just watched the Orion deep-space capsule flight test video. I watched the capsule leave Earth, the fiery tails of the booster rockets glowing against a dawn sky, wishing I were one of the 27,000 people who watched it live this morning. Then I saw the blue curve of our planet emerge against black space from a camera mounted on the capsule. The world shrank and space grew. Then, and you have to stay with the video to the end, then the booster rockets detached and the crew module floated alone in space. My heart floated with it.
Take five minutes from your day and watch the video.
The capsule is home again, splashed into the Pacific Ocean, but for a little while today I went to space with it.
“You promised me Mars colonies and all I got was Facebook” Buzz Aldrin, Technology Review Nov/Dec 2012
I’ve been thinking about this quote since you posted it. You know, I think I’m with Buzz.
A great disappointment. We should have active Moon colonies and be building manned interplanetary vehicles by now. I thought I would live to see that. Think about it… this is the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY!!
I should be working on alien archaeology, or working to understand new spacer colony social rules…