I’m reading Neil deGrasse Tyson’s newest book, ‘Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier‘. Anyone familiar with the astrophysicist knows just how eloquently poignant he can be. In fact, the following excerpt was something I already knew, yet I was still floored when reading in just the way Tyson describes it:
“In 1962, there were two spacefaring nations. Fifty years later, in 2012, there would still be two spacefaring nations. But America wouldn’t be one of them.”
Of course, he’s pointing out that since the United States retired its Shuttle Program, only Russia and China have the ability to independently put humans in orbit.
The United States re-entry into its own independent manned spaceflight program can’t come soon enough.