Friday, July 8, 2011
One Last Time
Atlantis had a successful liftoff this morning, the last space shuttle flight. The end of thirty years of service.
What makes this such a melancholy moment is that this is the effective death of America's manned space program. As someone who grew up with the glory of the race to the moon, space was always exciting. We believed that we could do anything; that science, technology, and invention were our future.
But America is now a dying empire, and this is our last big show of our prowess. We can't build anymore manned spacecraft programs. The simple fact that a thirty year old vehicle is the best we have (and are retiring) makes me sad. Thirty years without advancing any further, nor any plan to advance ahead.
Another dream from our childhood now dying, and it's all downhill from here.