I was a kid in the sixties, watching everything I could about the Space Program. I remember going to the largest theater in our area to See 2001: A Space Odyssey. My parents and I were in Maine on vacation when we watched Neil Armstrong take those first steps on the Moon. (I always liked what Pete Conrad said as much as what Armstrong said: “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me!”)
We all thought we’d have a permanent presence on the Moon by 2001. We were a little late with the ISS but we do have an International Space Station. I’m sorry Gene Roddenberry didn’t live to see it.
Even though we don’t have a Moon Base yet and the end of the Space Shuttle era is here, it’s still an exciting time for Space Geeks. The New York Times has published a great story about this and how private industry will be involved. Read it here. Hey, Burt Rutan’s private firm got to space in 2004 with SpaceShipOne.