Apollo 11 and Spin the Bottle
December 2, 2012
I dimly remember watching the landing of Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. A few months later, i was at a friend's birthday party and we played Spin the Bottle. When it got to be my turn, I said, "Who's going to land on Mars?" To my vast surprise, the bottle ended up pointing straight back at me! I was only eight years old at the time, and probably didn't even know what Mars looked like in a telescope. But I knew that a manned mission to Mars was the next logical step in our exploration of the universe. If I were president, I would make that a priority for NASA, and make sure to budget the large sums that would be needed.
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