America Has Lost Its Technology Edge
In his May 28 column, Andy Thomas ponders: “A country that can fly to the moon and back can surely cap an oil leak, one would think.”
It is a very common expression of frustration in our country: “We can put a man on the moon, but we can’t (insert pet peeve here)!”
The United States of America cannot fly to the moon and back. It cannot put a man on the moon. It used to be able to do that, but not anymore. The civilization that once attained that pioneering technological peak has declined.
Furthermore, the space shuttle program is coming to an end. The president has canceled the Constellation program, which was to be the next step in manned space flight for this country.
Also canceled is the return to the moon that was scheduled for 2020.
Put a man on the moon? Soon we won’t even be able to launch a man into space. We will be paying the Russians to ferry us to orbit and back. Taste the irony.
Many people are of the opinion that there is no reason to continue manned exploration of space. Here are the reasons: to expand the frontiers of human knowledge; to explore God’s creation.
Some argue: “We might not be able to put a man on the moon anymore, but we could if we wanted to!”
The fact that we don’t want to is the most damning evidence of all of the fall of our leadership in the quest for technological and human development. Now we just sit in the mud and whine about health care and wonder why we can’t cap an oil leak.
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