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I’ve been following the coverage of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. I remember it well. I was 9 at the time and just glued to the TV even though it was summer and I was a kid. I was mesmerized by all of the Space Program. It inspired me and many of my class mates to study science, take up a technical career. I built and flew and lost many an ESTES Model Rocket. It really gave my generation something to be proud of, to see a future in, and aspire to.  Buzz Aldrin and Niel Armstrong said they were inspired by the WWII aviators and the test pilots, that’s what made them want to fly and sign up for the Space Program. People from my generation were inspired by the Astronauts. In 2010 the last space Shuttle mission takes off and then that’s it.  There is nothing in the pipeline for quite awhile. For all the money wev’e spent on bailouts and the Iraq war we could have a permanent colony on the Moon.  Many, Many technological advancements that we take for granted came about because of the space program. What is there to fire up our imagination and inspire us today? Does anyone else feel that the USA has really lost it’s place as a world leader. Today it seems all we do is support the growth of China as we go after the cheapest items we can get. China plans on putting men on the moon and they’ll do it with our money. If we even took the vision and the drive we had for the Moon Mission and really went all out for energy independence, it would give us an exciting goal.  I think there is just too much divisiveness in the country today to get behind a grand common goal. Everyone has an ulterior (sp?) motive up their sleeve.  Well I’ll get down off my soapbox. What do you think?  Thanks, Spiney

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