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Letter: Beyond Our Little Corner

To the Editor:

“Voyager 1’s Journey,” published June 28 in your paper, got me to thinking. So much is going on in America and the world that paying your mortgage or putting food on the table might be moot at any point. But wringing our hands and saying the sky is falling is no excuse for not loving one another and believing in a bright new day. When JFK announced in 1961 that we were going to the moon by the end of the decade (which we did), all the rocket scientists in the world took their feet off their desks and said, “In what? A Volkswagen?”

But we got it done. We had vision. We believed in each other. We all worked together. When Neil Armstrong stepped out, we, all of us in the world, stepped out.

That vision was completely absent when the U.S. adopted the Earth shuttle program. What a shame. The Voyager program of 1977 might have had follow-ups that I am unaware of, but shouldn’t we, as a nation of visionaries, had updated versions every five years or so to enhance and enlighten us about what is going on outside our little corner of the galaxy?

Nobody knows why we are here. Nobody knows how we are here. Shouldn’t we at least be able to put a person in space? Shouldn’t we at least be planning for planetary exploration?

Or maybe we should all be shook up about Northern Pass or climate change and say the hell with it.

Matt Cardillo

Sharon

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