The Times They Are A Changing…Kind Of

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)

A Russian Soyuz rocket rises from its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, carrying three spacefliers into space.

The Soyuz rocket booster looks like a bright beacon shining through snowfall.

The Soyuz rocket that shot off into space earlier today carried 3 spacefliers, one of those an American Astronaut!

What?!

Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin (left) and Anton Shkaplerov (center), and NASA astronaut Dan Burbank (right) are currently in route to the International Space Station after yesterday's successful launch. (Photo: NASA/Victor Zelentsov via Space.com)

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?”

Sources:

The Space Race, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/concepts_spacerace.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45277363/ns/technology_and_science-space/

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2 thoughts on “The Times They Are A Changing…Kind Of

    • This story put a smile on my face because in the small town I lived in Oregon, everyone hitch hikes that doesn’t have a car or has lost their drivers license. So…. I have this mental picture of the astronaut standing on the launch pad with his thumb sticking out!
      Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

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