Monday, August 23, 2010

To The Moon Alice! To The Moon!

This just came to The Leopard's attention: July 20th was the 40th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon. When you think about it, that's pretty f'in incredible. The Leopard remembers when I was just a cub in second grade. A TV was wheeled into my second grade class, and we all watched the live broadcast in awe. 

Back then, the technology that was available at the time - rooms full of old school reel-to -reel computers that all combined didn't have the memory or calculating power of one used cheap Dell PC today. The idea that we managed to send folks to the moon and back is almost beyond imagination. Astronauts were even able to bring back souvenirs (remember moon rocks?). And that's why I think more of our tax dollars should go to the NASA space program. Not so we can bop around the heavens picking up dust samples. But because literally hundreds of products, inventions and patents had to be developed in order for us to make that achievement. 

From self-flushing toilets to Tang, these commissions had to be developed by countless contracts, which in the end provides technology, jobs and income back into our society.

So, thank you brave men and women of Apollo. You hooked us up more than you ever could imagine.

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