Thursday, December 13, 2012
From the Earth to the Moon
Forty years ago, as I at the age of three, eagerly looked forward to the arrival of Santa Claus, man left the moon for what has so far been the last time. Gene Cernan left with these words:
"I'm on the surface; and, as I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come — but we believe not too long into the future — I'd like to just [say] what I believe history will record. That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return: with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."
I was born into a spacefaring nation. Children born today cannot say that.