Spotting Your Naysayers (Y'know, the negative voices...)
July 9, 1969…
Next year, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Of course, all the TV and internet sources will run the famous video of Neil Armstrong stepping off the Lunar Module. I watched it live back in 1969 with a group of friends. We were like kids, yelping and whooping it up, even crying a little when Armstrong uttered “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” What an achievement that was. For a brief time, the world seemed united.
In the 1930s it was considered both illogical and impossible for humans to go to the moon. We couldn’t fight gravity; we’d be crushed in space; no materials to protect us from radiation. The negative list was extensive. But, in spite of the naysayers, we did the impossible. After the fact, it turned out to be quite logical to expect that humans could engage in space travel. Now, our space dreams in the 21st century are only limited by our fears. We will ultimately overcome the majority of obstacles that currently keep us from going to the planets and out into the galaxy itself.