In 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. In 1972 Gene Cernan was the last. Two years later I was born. In my lifetime, man has not walked on the moon.
I never got to crowd around a black and white TV and watch fuzzy images of the one small step. I never had the opportunity to buy a newspaper with “MAN ON THE MOON” screaming across the front page.
Everything I know about man being on the moon is all second-hand knowledge. Because I wasn’t alive back then and have no memories of it, it seems very distant.
There was space exploration back when I was growing up. But you know what the big space-related event for me was? Yes, the 1986 Challenger disaster. Even Apollo 13 made it back safe. Challenger just blew up.
People say that it’s not the space age anymore, that it’s the information age. Well, maybe so, but “MAN VISITS WEB SITE” just doesn’t excite or inspire me.
All that seems to be happening in space at the moment is people living on space stations, probes going to Mars and telescopes taking photos of stuff. Nothing as exciting as a walking on the moon.
Is it too much to ask for another moon landing? We’re so much more technologically advanced now. Maybe it could be the first woman on the moon? First trangendered person on the moon? First man who likes to dress up like a naughty school girl on the moon? Just something, someone, anyone. Just get a person up there so I can experience the joy of watching a moonwalk that doesn’t involve Michael Jackson.
Back in 1961 President Kennedy made a famous speech where he said that America should send a man to the moon, just ‘cos it would be cool. So, taking inspiration from this, I am making this statement:
I believe that a nation with more money than New Zealand, probably America, but if China or someone else wants to give it a go, then good luck to them, should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man or woman on the moon and returning him/her/it safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to me, or more important for my short-term attention span; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish, but y’know, you can achieve anything if you really try. P.S. Hurry up and do it soon ‘cos I’m bored.