TODAY is a historical day- for SOME reason. Which will YOU be watching- the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, or the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour? I know which Elsa will chose, because she’s my kind of girl.
The five space shuttle orbiters achieved an age old sci fi dream- making rocket launches mundane, at least for the general public. Which is kind of cool, but mostly sad. All those men and women who flew on those 135 missions- including the two that ended in tragedy- were pioneers heading into deadly territory. I mean, those things were designed in the 60′s and 70′s- in the span of time it took to turn Star Trek from a TV show to a movie series, NASA created a real, reusable space vehicle, manned by a multi-cultural crew (the first teacher in space, first African-American and Asian men, first African-American and Canadian women), working together to study the Earth and space, and deliver crap to a freakin’ space station. And the first one was named Enterprise.
Will America have the courage and will to replace the shuttles with something as bold and innovative? We’ve been brainwashed to believe that the only thing that matters is the bottom line- that green technology, taking care of the environment, getting off fossil fuels, health care for all- are all pie-in-the-sky pipe dreams, even though other countries are tackling them.
Anyway, happy wedding day. Me, I’m going to visit the test shuttle Enterprise when it comes to stay here in New York. Mazel Tov!