You’ve never been to the moon… But don’t you want to go?



You’ve never been to the moon
But don’t you want to go?

-Melissa Etheridge

When all you read about NASA and the efforts to continue to explore space are about love triangles, drinking astronauts, and the star wars missile shield looking at photos like this bring me back to the dream. The hair still stands up on the back of my neck when I hear recordings of John Kennedy saying: We choose to go to the moon.

Here’s a little bit more of what he said in case you have forgotten or never hear the speech.

Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it — we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.

Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation.

We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours. There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again.

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon — We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we’re willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.

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Happy Birthday, Lego!

Lego turns 75 today.

Yippie! We use legos to stimulate thinking. Build models of website architectures. And create buildings and other structures just for fun. I see Legos and I have to buy them for someone that I know. Maybe for the LEGO birthday I’ll have to buy some for me. Thanks to webchick for the photo.

Just a few facts.

Founded in 1932 by carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen from Billund, Denmark, the company made wooden toys. The trademark name didn’t come until 1934, inspired from the Danish words “leg godt” (play well), and it wasn’t until 1949 that Lego began producing their now-famous interlocking bricks. The design finalized in 1958 and it took another five years to find proper materials to produce the blocks.

The LEGO Company is one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers. They have molded more than 200 billion plastic building pieces over the past fifty years.

The LEGO Company funds $5 million lab at MIT Media Laboratory : A lab for playing and learning.

Their website, loads of fun.

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