After Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed, Armstrong uttered the now-famous words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” The pair plants an American flag on the surface, collects scientific samples, and arranges experiments. Savor this moment because it will never happen again.
Some of you might think I refer to Obama’s scuttling of the Space Shuttle program. But I’m not. Just because the space shuttle program has ended (which also ends the Hubble Telescope program as it depends on the Shuttle) doesn’t mean people won’t continue reaching for the stars. The dream of space travel will outlast Obama.
I am referring to the planting of that flag. (more…)