"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?" -- Robert Browning
May 30, 2020
Congratulations to NASA, SpaceX, and to all of us!
I was born 21 days after the launch of Explorer 1, America's first satellite, and having gazed with open-mouthed awe when I was a child and young adult at the live images from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, I've felt a loss, personally, and also for our nation--and for the children who have not had the opportunity to tilt their heads skyward with wonder and pride these last nine years since the last American-launched manned space mission.
Especially gratifying is the knowledge that astronaut Douglas Hurley who piloted that very last Space Shuttle mission nine years ago is inaugurating America's return to home-soil spaceflight today, providing a sense of continuity .