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Kids in the Sixties


When I hear stories of kids in the sixties fascinated by engineering and science, I feel envious. They had progress. They watched scientists and engineers send working satellites into space. Brave men rode machines of unimaginable power into orbit, and during each mission they learned something new and important.

Star Trek, though they knew it was simply science fiction showed them what could be, and I think their sense was that Star Trek was only a little ways off. The best thing hands down was morality of Star Trek. Back in the 60s kids knew the future of humanity was going to be great and they and their children were gonna get a taste of it. So what the hell happened?

I’ve spoken to people who remember the optimistic perspective. Here’s what some of the astronauts who went to the moon have said of their experiences.

  • It was to me like I was just sitting on a rocking chair on a Friday evening, looking back home, sitting on God's front porch, looking back at the Earth; looking back home. It was really that simple, but it was an overpowering experience. – Gene Cernan, Apollo 17
  • On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious… My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity… We went to the moon as technicians, we returned as humanitarians. – Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14
  • Since that time I have not complained about the weather one single time. I'm glad there is weather. I have not complained about traffic; I'm glad there are people around. One of the things I did when I got home; I went down to shopping centers, and I'd just go there, get an ice cream cone or something, and just watch the people go by. And think “Boy we're lucky to be here. Why do people complain about the Earth? We are living in the Garden of Eden.” – Alan Bean, Apollo 12
  • As Neil and I first stood on the surface of the moon looking back at Earth—a bright blue marble suspended in the blackness of space—the experience moved us in ways that we could not have anticipated.– Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11

I can relate to this. I long for the experiences these astronauts had. I have no doubt my love for Star Citizen comes directly from the social attitude I missed out on.



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