Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The longest voyage
Coming soon to a theatre near you-yet another re-make of The Longest Yard, starring Michael Vick…
Tonight, in honor of the total lunar eclipse, I watched Apollo 13 on my laptop after shift. After the movie ended, I went up on deck to check on the progress of the eclipse. The moon had just entered the penumbra and it looked beautiful, framed in puffy, black cumulus clouds. I thought about the Gemini and Apollo missions and what they accomplished in such a short time span, with technology that could easily be called ancient by today’s standards. As Jim Lovell stated, “It wasn’t a miracle. We just decided to go.” Today, with all the advancements in computing, materials science, propulsion and engineering, it would take more than a miracle to return. It’s not the technology that’s lacking, it is us. That is a sad reflection on what we have achieved and become since then.
With those thoughts, I chose not to wait to wait for the moon to enter our umbra and retired here, to my cabin.