Walking on the Moon

Aldrin_Apollo_11_(3x5_crop)It’s the 47th anniversary of the first steps by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. I remember watching Armstrong step onto the Moon while I was lying in my bunk at Ft. Bragg. I was in basic training, and President Nixon had given all federal employees the day off to watch the event. That gave those of us in ROTC Basic a day off which I mostly used to catch up on some sleep. A buddy woke me just in time to see the big event.

Back then, I figured we’d have a permanent base on the Moon and be sending missions to Mars by the second decade of the 21st century, but we’re still stuck in low Earth orbit. Robert Heinlein’s stories such as The Man Who Sold the Moon assumed that space would be developed by private enterprise. It appears that he was correct. I’m betting on SpaceX to get a man to Mars before any agency of any government.