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The Man In The Moon

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:13:01 -0400
Archived: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:13:01 -0400
Subject: The Man In The Moon

Source: NYTimes.Com


August 27, 2012

The Man In The Moon
By Lydia Netzer - Op-Ed
Norfolk, Va.

Most technological advances are actually just improvements. One
thing builds on the next: from shoddy to serviceable, from
helpful to amazing. First you had a carriage, then a car, and
then an airplane; now you have a jet. You improve on what is
there. Technological advances are like that.

Except for the one that involved landing on the Moon. When a
human went and stood on the Moon and looked back at the Earth,
that was a different kind of breakthrough. Nothing tangible
changed when Neil Armstrong's foot dug into the lunar dust and
his eyes turned back at us. We didn't get faster wheels or
smaller machines or more effective medicine. But we changed,
fundamentally. What had been unknown, was known. What had been
unseen was seen. And our human horizon popped out 200,000 miles.
Forever, we would see the Earth differently, because we had seen
it from someplace truly foreign.

This is why Mars is important. When we get a human to Mars - in
the next few decades, NASA has predicted - our horizon will
expand 1,000 times farther, and it will never go back.

Watching the first images from the rover, Curiosity, which
landed on Mars early this month, I was reminded of a short story
by Ray Bradbury called Mars Is Heaven! In it, Mars is populated
by aliens who fool visiting Earthlings into thinking they're in
a familiar environment before murdering them. It's about how
stupid nostalgia is, how it tricks us into wanting things that
were never that great in the first place. What strikes me about
the story is that, just over 60 years ago, someone could
seriously write about aliens on Mars.

Can you imagine what it was like then?

[More at site... Thanks to Diana Cammack]

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