Friday, July 08, 2011
Final: The Space Frontier
A few hours ago, four astronauts embarked on mission STS-135 on the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This will be the last mission for the United States' Space Shuttle Program. The program started in 1981.
When I grew up, space was cool. Science fiction was cool. Robots were cool. And even though E.T., Star Wars, Transformers and Tron made millions with their cleverly-crafted fiction, the astronauts that rode the shuttles up into space made a generation of fanatical kids believe they could achieve their dreams.
Of course, a lot of these dreams were probably totally unrealistic, but it's nice--perhaps even good and healthy--to dream crazy dreams when you're a kid.
**sigh** That's all I have to say. Otherwise, I might go into an 80's inspired spaceramble...
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