Méliès : Le Voyage dans La Lune
As a child who grew up in the early 1960's I always had my eyes on the space. The whole country was watching the sky. And how could we not? It all started in the 50's with Sputnik and the US/Soviet space race combusted rapidly in the culture, seeding every manner of far fetched notions, not to mention an explosion of space age science fiction that sparked everyone's imaginations, from "Madison Avenue to Main Street", and lent an air of hope. promise, heroism and inspired fantasy, if not some inspired lunacy and humor, to the whole endeavor. The US Space Program, and the Apollo missions in particular, were truly our shared and defining national narrative. A celebration of science, technology, engineering, math... ingenuity, sure, but at it's heart, we are really talking guts, grit, and glory.
Geo-politically, the moon landing was the supreme ultimate conquest, but really the race to space represents the most elemental of human quests. It's basic of our never tiring need to invent, to migrate, and to conquer. NASA is now running bold planetary exploration missions, but there's just something about men jumping merrily about on that cold white surface of the moon that can't be beat. You know what I 'm talking about? Then you know I'm right. Do you know about Google's Lunar X Prize Competition? Please say yes. And if you don't , then I will just stop right here and direct you to learn all about it. Follow the brand new space age story right here, and cheer these competitors on, because with any luck, history is in the making : http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/
|T.A Rector, I.P Dell'Antonio/NOAO/AURA/NSF|