So, today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. 40 years ago today – back in 1969, for crying out loud! – a human being set foot on the moon, a place some 238,857 miles (on average) away.
But somehow, it makes me sad that during my lifetime no human being has ventured beyond low Earth orbit, to say nothing of returning to the moon or other places in space.
Imagine if Christopher Columbus had come back from the new world and everyone back in Europe just said “meh… it’s so far away, and getting there is a hassle and is too expensive, so we’ll just stay around home instead.”
You’d think that with 40 years of technological advances, going to the moon (or even just space) would be no-sweat for us now. But it seems like we put our energy into other things during that time… kind of sad, in a way.