You probably heard that Neil Armstrong passed away earlier this week, taking with him the end of an era.
When I was growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, the moon landings were long gone, but there was still a sense of hope and excitement around space exploration. The shuttle program was in its heyday, Voyager 2 was cruising through the solar system, the Mir space station and then the International Space Station were launched, and the Hubble Space Telescope was new. I was quite prepared to believe that space colonization was on the horizon.
That’s not true anymore, Mars missions notwithstanding. With the loss of the shuttle program, and only robots landing on other bodies, space seems farther away than ever.
RIP, Neil Armstrong. Here’s a wonderful photo essay celebrating his life.
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