It isn’t the 1960’s anymore!
Back in the 60’s it was all about the Space Race and how the United States of America was going to be the first to put a man on the moon. Our opponent….Russia. And the Russians were pretty good competition. They were ahead of us in manned spaceflight and heavy lift capability. Plus, they caught up to our lead in satellite technology. Poor ol’ President JFK believed if the Russians got to the moon first they would control space and control the earth too. And so the race was on to get our man on the moon first.
We know how the race ended of course, on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong made that memorable, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
But, my oh my, how the times have changed! (I thought it was pretty clever to use Bob Dylan’s song as my title since it is from 1964)
The Soyuz rocket that shot off into space earlier today carried 3 spacefliers, one of those an American Astronaut!
Seems the United States doesn’t have the funds to propel our astronauts into space anymore. Until private companies can offer space taxi rides, our United States Astronauts have to stick out their thumbs and hitch-hike a ride with the Russians!
But the space race continues…NASA is trying to raise $850 million to help US-Based Private Companies to develop human space transport so that Russia isn’t the only country that can ferry astronauts to the space station. NASA wants to reach this goal in the race by 2016.
Meanwhile, the cosmonauts are scooting over and asking our astronauts, “Where are you headed Comrade?”
The Space Race, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/concepts_spacerace.html