MY SMALL ROLE IN A SAD
AND UNFORGETTABLE DAY
My role was minor in the extreme. But it etched in my mind a memory of what was a turning point in the space program.
I recently had occasion to re-watch the Stanley Kubrick sci-fi flick, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” My reaction to viewing that innovative 1968 film 50 years later was one of sadness…
What a tremendous opportunity we lost in not keeping up the momentum established during the space race. By now we could have colonies on the moon, and be opening whole new vistas of human enterprise, accomplishment and knowledge.
I’m convinced that the Challenger incident accelerated a loss of interest in the space program that was already becoming evident at the time of that disaster. The refocusing of our efforts away from manned exploration in favor of communication satellites and other practical products has brought us cell phones and many other of life’s dazzling technical advancements and conveniences.
But we sacrificed a great vision and a gift from God.
We are the less for it.
Still, I had my own small glimpse into what might have been. If you’d like to relive it with me, check out my post of January 28, 2016 at…
Then come back and share your thoughts in the comments section below.