Time flies: an image 30 years in the making

Below, a remarkable juxtaposition: snapshots of a father and son watching the very first space shuttle launch, and the very last.

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  1. Fascinating to see the aging process. I guess the shuttle also aged and is riddled with technical problems (from clogged toilette units, broken down cooling devises, ripped isolation pads, etc.) But why are we renouncing our leadership in space and letting the Europeans and the Russians take the lead in manned missions? I think that doing so is an outrage and a betrayal of John Kennedy’s dream (in 10 years we will have a man on the moon…).

    This reminds me somewhat of the Romans abandoning Britannia in 410 AD because of the barbarian invasions. A sign of decline from former glorious empire.

    I guess in the end it all comes down to money; money that don’t have anymore.

  2. Along similar lines, I think of the Norse retreat from Greenland about 1400. The Black Death and the mini Ice Age put pressure on the community and its mother country and the Greenland colony disappeared. In another century, conditions changed sufficiently and the great age of European exploration began.

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