#Apollo11. Fifty years ago, today. “When President John F. Kennedy declared in 1961 that the United States would go to the Moon, he was committing the nation to do something we simply couldn’t do. We didn’t have the tools or equipment—the #rockets or the launchpads, the spacesuits or the computers or the micro-gravity food. And it isn’t just that we didn’t have what we would need; we didn’t even know what we would need. We didn’t have a list; no one in the world had a list. Indeed, our unpreparedness for the task goes a level deeper: We didn’t even know how to fly to the Moon. We didn’t know what course to fly to get there from here. And as the small example of #lunar dirt shows, we didn’t know what we would find when we got there. Physicians worried that people wouldn’t be able to think in micro-gravity conditions. Mathematicians worried that we wouldn’t be able to calculate how to rendezvous two spacecraft in orbit—to bring them together in space and dock them in flight both perfectly and safely. “...#NASA had no rockets to launch astronauts to the Moon, no computer portable enough to guide a #spaceship to the Moon, no #spacesuits to wear on the way, no spaceship to land astronauts on the surface (let alone a #Moon car to let them drive around and explore), no network of tracking stations to talk to the #astronauts en route.” - Charles Fishman The mission to the Moon was an extraordinary achievement for mankind, making the impossible possible. Let’s take on the next Apollo mission by both restoring our Earth and traveling to other Star Systems... If we are to achieve such a leap forward again, we must believe that we can.