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Our Generation Is Not Getting A Moonshot, And This Is The Reason Why

24 Jul 2019, 14:01 UTC
Our Generation Is Not Getting A Moonshot, And This Is The Reason Why
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On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon and began performing the first mission ever to take place with human beings on another world. The year prior, Neil Armstrong, holding the camera here, was almost killed in a test flight accident. It’s been nearly 47 years since humans last walked on the surface of another world: over 50% of the world’s current population was not yet born the last time humans achieved this feat. (NASA / APOLLO 11)You get out what you put in, and we haven’t truly invested in space since Apollo ended.Humanity should be an interplanetary civilization by now. There is no scientific reason that human beings should not have already walked on the surfaces of Mars, an asteroid, or any number of Jupiter’s or Saturn’s moons. The Wright brothers’ first terrestrial flight was in 1903; Yuri Gagarin’s first spaceflight was in 1961: a difference of 58 years. It took us just 8 years from that milestone to put humans on the Moon.In the meantime, it’s now been 58 years since Gagarin’s first spaceflight, from 1961 until today (2019). Not only have humans failed to go to Mars, an asteroid, or any other solid ...

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