we're all still waiting
When I observed the 30th anniversary of the first moon landing, I commented, "it's a complete shame that it hasn't been repeated since." Late Night Thoughts takes that sentiment a bit further, noting that back in 1969, we expected to be able to walk on the moon ourselves someday, and yet that promise seems to have been deferred at best.
I don't want to sound like I'm denigrating all the magnificent science you do; I'm not. I also understand that you compete for funding with other, more human and more pressing, needs. But by scaling down your vision to the possible, you have made it easy for all but the most hardened of us to turn away. You have forgotten something: in order to hold people's attention, there must be something grandly human about your plans. True adventure involves humans. Risking, suceeding, failing, and yes, sometimes dying.
We're still waiting.
I'm still waiting.