May. 19th, 2010

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From Ronald Reagan's address to the nation on the loss of the Shuttle Challenger, January 28, 1986:
We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But for 25 years the United States space program has been doing just that. We've grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we've only just begun. We're still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew, were pioneers.
Consider the entirety of recorded human history, several millennia. Only in the barest sliver of time at the end of that period has humanity been exploring space. April 12, 1961 marks the beginning of that sliver, and it's been not quite 50 years since then. Reagan was right. We have only barely begun our quest beyond Earth's atmosphere. We have taken only the smallest of baby steps.

One day our children, in some form, will journey to the stars, but that time is a long way off. Oh that I could live long enough to see that day. Oh that I could be there with them.

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