I realize this has nothing to do with my blog’s stated purpose, but… I’m an astronomy nut. Sue me.
Today is a monumental day, a day which marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. A challenge put forth by President John F. Kennedy at the beginning of the decade, it was met by NASA, fearless test pilots and astronauts, and literally hundreds of thousands of technicians working behind the scenes to ensure that we successfully put human beings on the surface of another planetary body. It was without a doubt the single greatest achievement in human history, and I can only hope that we continue to rise to meet other, more difficult challenges in the decades to come – if only for the astronauts around the world who have given their lives in the pursuit of knowledge and exploration.