- Mar 10, 2007
Thoughts on billionaires in space
Ditto, Also Heinlin. Asimov, Clarke, And as many of those pulpy mags I could get my hands on.Mercy. THAT brings back memories. I hadn't though about Tom Swift Jr in decades. I read a pot load of those books when I was about 11-12.
Mercy. THAT brings back memories. I hadn't though about Tom Swift Jr in decades. I read a pot load of those books when I was about 11-12.
Me three! My dad had all the Tom Swift books...thanks for the memoryDitto, Also Heinlin. Asimov, Clarke, And as many of those pulpy mags I could get my hands on.
Crazy how people in the 40s were so sure we'd have colonized Neptune by now.
Travel is going from one destination to another; to the moon and back is Space Travel. What's being offered is Space Flight.
Still, it's amazing how in the past 40 years we've managed to lose the ability to travel to the moon (or elsewhere in the Solar System) and yet managed to make flight outside the Earths atmosphere possible for individuals who would never have managed to fit the criteria for the astronaut program as run by NASA.
I think it's a tremendous waste of Earths resources.
Grew up in Florida in the 60s. Watched some of the Apollo launches in person . . . from a long distance away it seemed, LOL. Have been a huge NASA fan my whole life. Saw several shuttle lauches in person. Love, love, love space stuff.
Love Amazon, too.
Space + Amazon founder sounds good to me. God bless him - he deserves it.
BTW, when I was a kid "they" told us we would all be space travelers well before the year 2000. Not just billionaires. Colonies on the moon and Mars and maybe beyond. We were also supposed to have Jetson-mobiles by now. I feel ripped off. What happened? I have half a mind to seek out an original copy of "Future Shock" and see if the answer is in there.
Honestly, it kind of disgusts me. Achieving space flight used to be something that entire nations came together and strived for. Now instead of nations, we have a few self-important, egomaniacs working towards it... And not because space flight has become exponentially cheaper, but rather because we have allowed a few billionaires to become as rich as nations. I just find it shameful, selfish, and gross.