Do we love space again?

Do we love space again?


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Do we love space again?
The 40th anniversary of the first moon landing got a lot of publicity this week. On occasion I’ve had a person or two repeat the theory that is was all a fake. I’m not one to think along those lines and have been fascinated with stars, planets, and spacecraft since I was young.
I’ve heard the reports saying the late Walter Cronkite always wanted to be the first “journalist astronaut” in outer space. While that’s not a goal of mine in life, if offered the opportunity I would give it some serious thought.
Now the question turns to what is next for the space program. Is it Mars? How much do we continue to spend on space travel?
I’ve often heard the phrase every dollar invested on the space program results in three dollars in new technology and jobs. Can I confirm that? No, but I do like cordless tools, I have multiple smoke detectors in my house, scratch-resistant sun glasses are nice, and I’ve used football helmets in my younger years full of temper foam. All of these are said to be linked to the space program.
CNN however reported the drink mix Tang was actually invented before Nasa took it out of this world. Did they ever take Twinkies to space? Perhaps they could keep it at the space station for emergency food since it seems to have a long shelf life.
While looking at some space related articles I can across this little nugget of a story from the associated press. I think it will be a good way to end my ramblings here.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Sneezing in space is nothing to sneeze at. Astronaut David Wolf and the crew of the space shuttle Endeavor answered some questions from kids and teens posted on YouTube. Wolf responded to one kid who wanted to how do you sneeze in a space suit? Wolf says he's done it quite a few times, including during a space walk this week. He says you have to -- quote -- aim well. Wolf notes that if you sneeze all over the inside of your space helmet there's no way to clear the view. Endeavour is on a 16-day mission to the international space station.

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