I’ve always had an interest in space, interplanetary travel, and the existence of other beings within the universe. Another interest of mine closely related to space and what it holds for us; that being the rockets and the technology behind what is needed to travel above and beyond earth ? I would stare (and still do) up into the night sky, not because I could really see anything, but because I could wonder about what (or who) might be out there, and my compelling fascination with living beings who might be out there. Other times, when the Moon was visible during the daylight, I would gaze up at it thinking that its position above Earth was intentional, that it was there for specific reasons. I’ve always felt that there was so much information to be gleaned, and our presence on Earth to me suggested that there must be or at least there once was other beings out there inhabiting those other planets, and that the day would come to confirm my queries. Knowing too that there must be others just like me who shared those very same thoughts. I’ve always believed that we (Earth) are not alone, and that the universe is a shared entity.
I had grown up with Mercury, Gemini and the Apollo Space Programs, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, and NASA. I remember the anticipation and exhilaration I felt watching the return of the space capsules with the astronauts onboard ~ “coming in hot” ~ then with on-board parachutes deployed, and the broadcast from NASA’S Mission Control Houston. From the initial launch with rockets ablaze to the splashdown, seeing the astronauts stepping out with a salute, the realization of it all, knowing that they had been up there, out there, that this would be documented history in the making.
From the Lunar Module landing on the Moon to the Mars Rover, the Space Shuttle era, and the International Space Station (ISS) to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, I believe interplanetary travel is within reach. Maybe 10 to 20 years or more, who knows, but what is for certain is that those of us who share this passion (along with generations to come) for deep space and interplanetary travel will no doubt come to witness discoveries of the greatest mysteries held within the universe.
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