The Space Race was never really a challenge between superpowers, but an endless marathon for humans to exceed their limits and go beyond the dimensions of our world.
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I think of the Orion program as the descendant of the Apollo program. In this case, rather than shoot for the moon, we’re shooting for deep space. And this morning’s launch will be the start of a grand adventure.
Newcomers to science fiction will learn that the art doesn’t adhere to any one theme, but a multiplex universe of human concepts easily understood in the path of exploration. Too complicated? You’ll get used to that.
For the record, my brother is a total doofus, and I’d love nothing better than to catapult him into outer space. So, you can understand my jealousy when I learned that NASA found a way to make it happen!
CNN is reporting a claim from a Russian source that their nation’s cosmonauts will depart the International Space Station program by 2020. Since the final Apollo mission that docked with an orbiting Russian spacecraft, we’ve enjoyed better Russo-American relations in space than planetside. Regrettably, Ukraine has placed a shadow over future space missions. I hope the Ukraine crisis is one day resolved, and if the CNN story is accurate, that Russians return to the ISS. The ISS is by far the greatest manned achievement in space flight. On the other hand, the 2020 deadline is a problem for NASA–our astronauts hitch a ride on Russian rockets. This will undoubtedly add pressure to developers for the next manned U.S., European, or Japanese delivery system. Only time, and perhaps some rushed ingenuity, will tell.