It’s something that has been mystifying and enchanting humans since the moment we looked up into the night sky. So many questions come to mind when we look up into that black ribbon of night be-speckled by twinkling unknowns. The inquisitive human race is constantly reaching out to the silence of space in search of answers.
And in the last 100 years, we’re finally making some headway.
As I’ve mentioned before, In 1957, the Soviet Union surprised the world with their launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial Earth satellite. Shortly after that (in 1958), President Eisenhower founded the Advanced Research Projects Agency – what we now know as DARPA. It’s mission? To be at the forefront of scientific and technological development. Basically, he wanted to make sure that there would be no more, ahem, surprises.
Kennedy made history when he declared that we would put a man on the moon before the 1960s were over. Sure enough, we made some giant leaps for mankind when Neil Armstrong left his footprint in history on the lunar surface.
But for all of this brilliant headway, the human experience in space is only just scratching the surface. Luckily that’s an itch we love to scratch.
Since then we’ve built shuttles, space stations, amazing telescopes, satellites, GPS systems, landed a robot on the surface of Mars and more. Space is the final frontier, and for those of us still bound by the laws of gravity here on Earth, many of us long for the understanding if not the actual experience of space travel.
So imagine how exciting it is to shake hands with a man who has actually been to space.
His name is Kevin Ford, and I think I’ll let him introduce himself to you.