You see, I had this space suit.
How it happened was like this: “Dad,” I said, “I want to go to the moon.”
“Certainly,” he answered and looked back at his book. It was Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, which he must know by heart.
I said, “Dad, please! I’m serious.”
This time he closed the book on a finger and said gently, “I said it was all right. Go ahead.”
“Yes … but how?”
“Eh?” He looked mildly suprised. “Why, that’s your problem, Clifford.”
(Opening lines from Robert A. Heinlein’s Have Space Suit—Will Travel)
I remember when I in elementary school, and the short Saturday-morning “In the News” program predicted that, if one were 25 years of age or younger, it would be possible to vacation on the moon in one’s lifetime.
Despite our different focus in our government-sponsored space program, new materials science and technology, the availability of massive amounts of private capital, and the undying dream of human space exploration and even tourism, are working to make those predictions a reality.
See my post Have Space Ship—Will Travel, as well as other Wilcox Family BLOG posts regarding NASA and Space.
Here is just one such example of what is developing, with a view for what wonders the next 20 years may bring:
Wired: The “Moon Could Be Next Tourist Trap.”
Space tourism is already a reality for those wealthy enough to afford it. But just like transcontinental voyages and air travel, space will open up for the common man.
Time to start buying Skyway Soap …