On Sun, 11 Jul 2021 15:00:48 -0400, J. Clarke
Post by J. Clarke Post by The Horny Goat Post by Lynn McGuire Post by J. Clarke
Next stop the Moon then onward to Mars and beyond.
BTW, this is not OT. This is the follow on of hopes and dreams for many
Indeed - I was one of those 12 year olds who saw 2001: A Space Odyssey
in first run and dreamed that that actually MIGHT be our 2001! (I knew
it wouldn't be me since I was both near sighted and Canadian)
As Arthur C Clarke himself once said in an interview "Many SF writers
wrote about mankind going to the moon but NOBODY ever envisioned 5 or
6 trips then NEVER GOING BACK"
The sad part is that SpaceX is showing us now what it could have been.
Yup - while obviously computer systems are more able than 40 years
ago, there's no technical reason Pournelle's dream of lunar launches
of materials for solar satellites couldn't have been done in the late
80s / early 90s.
While at Cape Canaveral in 1998 (what can I say - the kids got 5 days
at Disneyworld while I got two days at the Cape!) they had the launch
room that launched Glenn restored and as a former Burroughs employee
was surprised to see their machines on display. Now to be sure those
machines had less computing power than an iPhone 4 (1962 vs 1998
meaning way less than 2021) but it was still impressive.
I got to sit in the capcom's chair and pushed the button they said
triggered the final countdown which was fun. They had the first
space-flown Mercury capsules on display outside the museum gift shop
but that was one that launched a chimpanzee not Alan Sheppard.