The Risk of Loss of Space Flight’s Awe Factor

What defines America’s manned space program from 1958 to present day? The scientific experiments performed on various Apollo and Space Shuttle, missions are no doubt part of them, but as the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 approaches that is not what we remember and what defines those programs.

What we do remember the highs: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” and the planting of the Stars and Stripes on the Lunar surface, the image of men driving the lunar rover on the moon as one does on their neighborhood streets, the Christmas…