Growing up in the country in Kansas in the 1950s was amazing. Our Sixth Grade Science textbook had a picture of Explorer I on the cover, and from that time on I was hooked. We read about Telstar. We watched ECHO float across the night sky from the top of our haystack. We built our space station, a triple deck tree house in a walnut tree where we could sit for hours and read every word we could find about outer space. We were ordinary kids, but had extraordinary vision. We could do anything! We could go to the moon if we wanted, and that is exactly what we did. Now we have progressed in many aspects of space exploration. Humans are in orbit. Robots are exploring the Solar System. I believe we will find a way to exponentially increase our ability to explore, and we will do that as ordinary people with ambition and drive, and the desire to look just over the next horizon.
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