“My son and I stand beneath the great night sky
And gaze up in wonder
I tell him the tale of Apollo And he says
“Why did they ever go?”
It may look like some empty gesture
To go all that way just to come back
But don’t offer me a place out in cyberspace
Cos where in the hell’s that at?”
I had to look something up on nasa.gov earlier today, and was met with the grainy footage of an astronaut descending the ladder to the lunar surface, exactly 40 years ago today as I start typing this, thanks to the “flash” script that grabbed my browser as I entered the site.
I hadn’t forgotten, just not usually big on anniversaries, but between prompting from facebook and the other website I had occasion to click onto, I decided it was Blog Time!!! –
See, I had occasion to browse whitehouse.gov – and there was nada, nothing, zip.
That can’t be right, thought I, Big B’s people would never let such a PR opportunity pass by, independent of anything else, especially with the new Administrator and Deputy Administrator for NASA having just been confirmed by the Senate.
So, a quick google revealed:
Obama honors Apollo Astronauts – I’m sure something will float up on the whitehouse website about it, eventually.
Not that there is much to it, according to that report.
Maybe they got served some roast beef… (never mind, inside joke).
Seriously though, WTF?
I am sick of the bloody nostalgia and reminiscing.
If there is to be actual honoring of such events, and there really ought to be, as it truly was a historic event promising so much potential future accomplishment, then let it be something substantive – not empty words and grainy footage – this is the occasion for actual substantive initiatives to get back out there and do something.
There is too much talk and too little behind it – just go ahead and commit to substantial resources for a realistic and long term space policy that actually goes somewhere.
At this point it almost doesn’t matter where, as long as it leads to something more solid and permanent than powerpoint presentations and rejected test models rusting on the ground.