This ciné movie is inspiring beyond any review. Ron Howard has become a permanent 'Citizen Kane' director, writer, and producer.
I am old. I grew up as a true space cadet in the 1960s. John Glenn was a first hero. I followed every mission. from Freedom 7 to the Shuttles. —and I had no T.V.
Of course, I bought and read (many times) Capt. Lovell's book, "Lost Moon". If you want a better feel for what those 7 days were like in the sky and on the ground, read his book.
Capt. Lovell, YOU LOST NO MOON. You FOUND the Earth.
Don't believe in miracles? Study some of the basic science and look at Apollo 13's final trajectory burn and reentry adjustment. Both done WITHOUT the computer. A 2.5 degree tangent corridor. 3/4th of a degree over and you skip out into space at many times the 24,000 mph you began your re-entry. At a half degree under? You burn up. You're dead.
Miracles are not parlour tricks and they happen. All you need for that Faith is to understand the basic math behind Apollo 13's re-entry. It was impossible. I new it was impossible in 1970, at 12 years old.
But they did the impossible. That's a bonafide, Biblical miracle.
17 April 1970. I was 12. I cried. America's finest hour.
6 January 2021. I was 62. I cried like a baby. —America's darkest hour.
Maybe we need to again begin serious exploration of space. The space programme did NOT cost America a single cent. America is still reaping the rewards of The Space Programme. And I am not just talking about Tang orange drink. Without the 1960s space programme, the computer revolution would have been at least another 20 years to get to this point. The development of a useful microchip alone has paid all the bills and more of Apollo. From Mercury to The Shuttles. We are still benefiting from the inventions and discoveries that NASA has brought to the world. It did not cost, it PAID. Perhaps, The Space Programme SAVED America? It surely made us better people.
Remember what was going on in 1970. That was around the first time I was tear gassed at a civil rights march. Kent State. Vietnam. Obstruction of justice. The Attorney General, —the highest legal office in the land, —he went to PRISON.
—Seems like nothing compared to today.
YES. I am willing to pay MORE taxes for a proper SPACE PROGRAM. Maybe people will find that greatness remains within us. We just have to dig a little deeper.
How about putting a human on the Ganymede Moon by 2032? Why not? We could do this. It's there and we SHOULD do this. We'll learn a lot, and invent a lot. How can we lose?