Can without Spam

After yesterday’s launch was scrubbed, Orion finally got it up today, so I thought I’d post this horn-fueled version of “Stairway to Heaven” from FZ and the gang on this, the second day of Zappadan 2014.

When I was a squirt and sci-fi nerd, I watched as many launches as I could get away with. The old man was pretty liberal about that sort of self-education, bringing home plenty of autographed pix of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts, and it was one of the things I really liked about growing up in an Air Force household.

I’ve always wondered how much further we might be along today had we spent a little less time blowing stuff up and a little more sending it up. Instead of contemplating a few unmanned laps around the Earth and moon, which is slightly old hat, we’d have had at least one Starbucks on Mars by now, on Podkayne Fries Boulevard, and a share apiece in Venus Corporation.

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2 Responses to “Can without Spam”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    We would be much further along. Four to six trillion $ would have gone a long way. I guess there is more short term profit in never ending war.

    Maybe war is peace, you hoser. Maybe we should move to the Great White North, hey. “Give in to the dark side of the force, you knob!”

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Ahh, the space program. I think about how we solved so many problems, especially how to write with a pen in space. The gas-pressurized ball-point pen changed the world – meanwhile the USSR space men wrote their stuff down with ….a pencil. How much faster would we be fu__ing up our own planet if we could just hop on a rocket and go to another one? On the other hand, perhaps we could have sent the right-wingers off to their own planet?

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