Saturday, July 20, 2013
This event had the same historical significance as Columbus's landing in the Caribbean half a millennium earlier. Unlike then, we have not capitalized on the moon landing. Not in all the intervening 44 years has a human set foot on another world, not even a return to the moon.
I suggest we make a holiday out of this date, to celebrate the first moon landing the same way we celebrate Columbus Day. It would be a fitting memorial to Armstrong and the rest, if we did this.
It might also help raise public awareness of the excitement and adventure of manned exploratory spaceflight. The moon, Mars, the asteroids, and uncountable places beyond, all beckon.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
some second thoughts 7-10-13:
It is now my understanding that the engineer was supposed to have set 10 or 11 of the handbrakes on this train. Obviously, this didn't work.
There are then only 3 possibilities: (1) he did not set them, (2) he did set them, but they were ineffective (for a reason of considerable interest), or (3) somebody else released the handbrakes.
I think the authorities have their work cut out for them, finding out which of these three possibilities caused the disaster. It is easy enough to blame the engineer, but there are two other possibilities that must be eliminated before that is a credible action for anyone to take.
Neither of the other two possibilities is a very comfortable thought. Yet, they MUST be dealt with. If they are not, then any "final report" on this disaster is neither credible nor useful.