Later, of course, I learned a lot about the Apollo program - from books and movies and from my daughter who is a "space flight junkie". And looking at this event from 50 years down the road, it seems miraculous that it really happened, that the United States could execute such an enormously complex program in less than 10 years from its inception. It is the ultimate proof that we, humans, are capable of greatness and teamwork when we are faced with a really big goal and when we are competing with someone else. Let's be honest - the US would not have spent billions of dollars and would not have pushed this program so hard without a threat that the Soviets would get to the Moon first.
And that brings me to the question of whether we are really going to get back to the Moon, and I am not even talking Mars. Our country looks so different now than it did 50 years ago. Yes, digital technology leaped forward, and we have a lot more gadgets in our houses. But we are no longer united in our desire to explore space. It does not matter whether the President that announces the next big goal in space is a Republican or a Democrat, it's guaranteed that 50% of the country will be opposed to this goal;)
Of course, not all is lost. Someone is likely going to get to the Moon in the next decade. China is serious about its space program, and maybe that's what America needs - some healthy competition (and a bit of fear) to overcome naysayers and open a new page in space exploration. I really hope to see another moon landing in my lifetime - a moon landing that I will actually remember.
Do you think we will get to the Moon in the next decade?