We have the earth, and it is well and truly ours.
Also, it is all we have.
In 1961, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America committed our Nation’s resources to the goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
A scant 8 years later, on July 9, 1969, the world watched as Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Lander, taking his historic:
“One small step for a man. One giant leap for Mankind.”
The leap that Neil took was not the leap we were expecting.
We ventured into Space expecting to find a New Frontier, an infinitely receding horizon into which we could continue to expand, endlessly, as our fathers and our forefathers have expanded across the surface of the earth since time immemorial.
When we got there, all we found was rocks.
No air to breathe.
No water to drink.
No food to eat.
No creatures to meet.