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The Shackles of Apollo

12 Nov 2010, 14:01 UTC
The Shackles of Apollo
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The future of human spaceflight is in flux. Our current situation has left many wondering: “What happened to the days of Apollo?” There is some clamor for a similar grand-scale...

The future of human spaceflight is in flux.
Our current situation has left many wondering:
“What happened to the days of Apollo?”
There is some clamor for a similar grand-scale government project that would take us back to the Moon or to Mars in just a handful of years. Apollo was an astounding achievement. A confluence of humanity and technology that still stands as arguably the greatest triumph in the history of our nation, if not our species.
The thing is…we need to move on .
The way by which we first touched the Moon is not what will carry us to our future in space.
The nature of Apollo project was unique in time. It was conceived through a combination of politics, wealth, and opportunity rooted singularly in its own era. It is something the likes of which we may never see again in our lifetime. While the achievement itself may have been transcendent, the circumstances that brought it about were certainly not, and it would be unwise to ...

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