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The Night We Return to the Moon

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Jul 19, 2004 4:44 pm
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chabot imageMark R. Whittington wrote a very nice article: It is a summer evening in the year 2016 and something is about to happen that has not occurred in forty four years. Human beings are about to walk on the Moon. A person who was in kindergarten when this last took place would now be fifty years old. Most people now alive have never seen someone exploring another world.

The world has changed unimaginably in those forty four years. Indeed, partly because of the effort that has led to this moment in history, the world has changed in just twelve years. Part of that change is the fact that the four astronauts preparing to walk on the Moon are not the only people in space.

Six of those space pioneers live and work on Space Station Reagan (renamed a few years before after the American President who first proposed it.) Recently sold to an international consortium, the space station is home to a crew of scientists, conducting commercial micro gravity research.

But they are not the only ones. This night there are over a hundred space travelers in Earth orbit. Two are servicing one of the man tended industrial space factories that have been producing products using micro gravity and the hard vacuum of space for the past several years. Three are Chinese taikionauts on board the Mao Space Station. The rest are space tourists who have chartered private space liners in order to boast of having watched the first people to walk on the Moon in over a generation from the vantage point of space. Read More

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