Today In History…

(1969)

Needless to say, this is a very bittersweet anniversary.  We couldn’t put a man on the Moon in 10 years now if the future of life on Earth depended on it.  We can’t even put a human being into Low Earth Orbit without hitching a ride with the Russians.  There’s a little good news with private enterprise starting to get interested in space, but I’m afraid that China will swamp us on that, too.  The real problem, of course, is that space exploration never really had any sort of natural political constituency in this country: liberals were only interested in it as a memorial to John F. Kennedy; conservatives were only interested in it as a means of Beating The Russians or orbiting weapons systems.

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