Fumbling to the Moon

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Amazing news that would light up any Sci-Fi novel say ten years back: Moon Landings!

The US landed Odysseus, the first craft the US launched to the Moon in half a century, and Japan landed SLIM around the same time. Incredible!

There have been others. China landed Yutu and Yutu-2 in 2013 and 2019 respectively, India succeeded on their second try last year, and a Russian attempt failed last year.

Odysseus and SLIM both landed poorly, however, resulting in power failures from blocked solar panels and limited visibility from cameras. It seems almost comical that we’ve mastered projection out of Earth’s atmosphere to a moving target, yet the landings have become challenging. All the money and planning that went into these did not go totally to waste, but the limited returns could have offered so much more.

Philosophically, you can say that we are in our space exploration infancy, stumbling and falling about like a typical toddler.

These setbacks should not impede the forward momentum. NASA is planning to send humans back to the Moon by 2026, which is only two short years away now. Humans may make errors or succumb to the unexpected, but we do not give up.

We will conquer the stars. Or at least, that is what I believe.

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