Apollo 13 lifts off on April 11, 1970 (image: wikipedia.org)

Observe And Learn: The Greatest Adventure In History

by NICOLAS D. SAMPSON

Space. The final frontier.

It’s been on my mind lately. The other day I watched part of an interview Neil deGrasse Tyson gave to Time magazine, in which he identified the most astounding fact in the universe as the fact that we are made of stardust. I also followed the tributes to the now late Sir Patrick Moore with bittersweet fondness, going down memory lane, while finding out that a friend of mine is scoring a new movie on Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. I also spent a Sunday morning watching a short video on the enormity of the universe and then wrote an article about it, extolling the qualities of empty space.

Yes, I’m talking about outer space, not the volume capacity of my storage room. I don’t have a storage room. If I did, I wouldn’t be writing about it.

So, outer space. Big, beautiful, barren wilderness, where the future of humanity resides. It has been staring down at Earth long before we came into play, beckoning us to explore it. If only we would raise our heads from our desks and TV screens and see the light for the stars, we would realize it. We would even have a chance to set roots there one day.

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