Andrew Chaikin, Apollo author and historian talks about the future of space exploration and how he feels quite possibly that there is life on other planets. He talks about how he would not want to go to Mars because of how it’s a 3 year round trip there and back. He says he is fascinated with Mars though and the possibility that in the past Mars may have had life. Andy said that he would like to go to the Moon. He always thought of going to the Moon when he was young because he wanted to see what the Earth was like from the Moon or from space. Seeing the Earth from Space for me would be amazing because I would be staring at that little blue marble millions of miles away. I would be knowing that everyone that I know and all the people that I don’t know and my house and family is there so far away that it seems like a light year away.
Chaikin talks about a gentlemen from England who was hired by NASA to make a zipper for the space suits. I feel that he speaks about how the Apollo team was a huge team effort. There were tons of people that you’ve never heard about and probably never will hear about. Andy had the same idea as the book Team Moon that there are many unsung heroes of the Apollo space missions.. You could do a ton of research on the Apollo project and yet not hear about thousands of peoples stories. I suppose everyone who worked on the space program has an interesting story to tell and they have only passed their story on to a few people.
This is a drawing my father did for the 40th Anniversary of the final Apollo Moon mission, Apollo 17, it shows Gene Cernan, the last man on the Moon.
Team Moon has inspired me to think about the future of space travel. Michael Carroll, a science journalist, space artist and author or many books explains how a future goal is getting people to Mars. If it took 400,000 people to get us to the moon then I wonder how many it would take to get us to Mars. So far the Mars Curiosity, a 2.5 billion dollar robot is on Mars trying to find if Mars ever sustained life or can sustain life. I wonder if there will ever be a Team Mars where Americans come together with other countries and go to Mars and back.
I have been inspired by Catherine Thimmesh, the author of Team Moon and I am going to interview some of the Apollo astronauts and people who were part of the Apollo program. Like the people in the book these people will be talking about their experiences and how they felt at the time of the Apollo Missions. Others will be talking about future space travel plans farther than the Moon like to Mars.
Stay tuned, I will have answers to questions that many of you will find interesting posted next week.