“When Will We Be Going Back?”

“And who will that be?” (Apollo 13)

In reading this article about Christopher Kraft being honored by NASA, (they named Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston after him), I came upon this quote from Gene Kranz. He perfectly summarizes my feelings on space travel, and why we need to continue it:

“I pray that our nation will someday soon find the courage to accept the risk and challenge to finish the work we started.” Gene Kranz

Quote of the Day

Words to ponder from Apollo 13:

Congressman: Now Jim, people in my state keep asking why we’re continuing to fund this program now that we’ve beaten the Russians to the Moon.

Jim Lovell: Imagine if Christopher Columbus had come back from the New World and no one returned in his footsteps.

My Favorite New Year’s Tradition

I don’t really like New Year’s Eve. It just reminds me that the holiday season is winding down, and I hate that. It’s the “most wonderful time of the year,” after all! But we have developed one tradition that I do actually like–we always watch Apollo 13 on New Year’s Eve.

That story always reminds me of how very small I am, compared to the vastness of the universe, and especially compared to God. And I think that’s a good way to end one year, and begin another–remembering just how big God is, and how much He loves us, even though we are so very small in comparison.

That’s one part of New Year’s that even I can get on board with!

Quote of the Day

“I sometimes catch myself looking up at the Moon, remembering the changes of fortune in our long voyage, thinking of the thousands of people who worked to bring the three of us home. I look up at the Moon and wonder, when will we be going back, and who will that be?” Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13