Thursday, September 20, 2007

Under A Red Moon

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin says he believes China will return to the moon with human explorers before the U.S. accomplishes that goal with its Constellation Program, as the economic competition fueled by spaceflight activities intensifies.

But if I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, the length of this football field, made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing heat and stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment needed for propulsion, guidance, control, communications, food and survival, on an untried mission, to an unknown celestial body, and then return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun--almost as hot as it is here today--and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out--then we must be bold.

I'm the one who is doing all the work, so we just want you to stay cool for a minute.

However, I think we're going to do it, and I think that we must pay what needs to be paid. I don't think we ought to waste any money, but I think we ought to do the job. And this will be done in the decade of the sixties. It may be done while some of you are still here at school at this college and university. It will be done during the term of office of some of the people who sit here on this platform. But it will be done. And it will be done before the end of this decade.

Remember when presidential speeches would energize and inspire us?

Me neither.

The last 8 I saw were THE SAME bullshit that is keeping this country lagging behind any reach for our future for our kin and countrymen.


anne altman said...

can we send china to the moon?

and our current president?

he needs to be run out of town. i mean, beat it already. right? right.

Me Again said...

My last two, most memorable, speeches:

George the 1st,
"Read my lips, no - new - taxes."
(Yea, just higher, and higher, and higher OLD TAXES!)


Duba's "... tax cuts ..." speech.
(Yea, for all members of The Skull and Bones Society.)