Harrison Schmitt was the last of only twelve humans ever to walk on the moon. Fifty years ago today — yes, way back in 1972 — his ship took off from the moon and we have not been back since.
Manned space flight was the dream of my father’s generation. We boomers pushed us into the unmanned and more machine-driven discovery of space at the same time as we were inventing programmed stock trading, robotic automation, and plugged-in entertainment. We love machines apparently.
We still believed that this was the start of regular inter-planetary travel. But it stopped, dead, just as it as getting exciting.
I wonder where the post-millennials will take us?