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Airplanes, Sputnik, Apollo, then...

Eric Lunan

December 18, 2012

I was born into an environment surrounded by short-wave radio and piston-driven aircraft. While growing up I witnessed Sputnik, Moercury, jet aircraft landing by themselves, Gemini, the first computers, Apollo, , amazing space probes, then screech, the natural evolution derailed. The Space Lab was fun, but a waste of what should have been Apollo 18. The shuttle was an interesting distraction. So what should be next. Humans on the moon. Let's learn to live in the vacuum of space. And more interplanetary probes. We need to know more, lots more, before we choose where we are going next. The moons of Jupiter and Saturn are just wild...


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