|Don't Take Spaceflight for granted
This week in Huntsville I was talking to my team about how one day spaceflight may become as routine as a Commerical airline flight, I talked about how dependable the Soyuz Space craft was, twelve hours later I would waken to the news of an aborted Soyuz launch.
Saturday night I went to see “First Man” a new movie about Neil Armstrong, the movie has scenes dealing with the Apollo 1 fire, and the T-38 crashes of the 60’s and how Astronauts and their families handled those situations.
Fast forward to Thursday morning, after the aborted launch when the crew was returned to the launch site and reunited with their families, the photo above should be the photo used by Commerical companies as part of their Space Flight Awareness and Safety Campaigns, as we approach the beginning of manned Commerical flights next year, may we never take it for granted and do everything in our power to ensure that the crews are safely reunited with their families. Accidents will happen there is no way to avoid that short of not launching, but if we slow down and don’t get “launch fever” and launch when the spacecraft is ready there will be many more happy crew returns to celebrate.