Monday, July 18, 2005

Man on the Moon

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Space mission to photograph Apollo landing sites: "US scientists are planning a 240,000-mile trip down memory lane - a tour of inspection of all the Apollo landing sites on the moon.

In 2008 a powerful camera aboard a new spacecraft called the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will photograph the moon's surface in fine detail - fine enough to pick out the Apollo 17 moon buggy abandoned 33 years ago, along with lunar landing platforms and other relics."

I can remember when NASA could put people on the moon instead of taking photos. And instead of having spacecraft that can't get off the ground.


Unknown said...

You're remembering a time when NASA was run by scientists and engineers. The new and improved NASA is completely run by MBA's. I should know, I worked there. And very similar to MBA's, NASA is now big on promises and short on delivery while continuing to be expensive.

JD Rhoades said...

You're also remembering a time before astronauts died on camera, with the pictures run and re-run, over and over and over, and national days of mourning.
Can you imagine what aviation would be like today if the people behind it were absolutely terrified of an accident occurring, much less a fatal one? Seen any zeppelins lately?