Believe it or not, a month from tomorrow will make forty years since the first manned Moon landing. And yesterday NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the first mission in the Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, a series of unmanned probes that will map the surface of the Moon and hopefully pave the way for a second manned lunar exploration program. The LRO is the first spacecraft of any kind sent to the Moon by NASA since the Lunar Prospector in 1998. Humans have not visited the Moon since December 1972.
But hey, why look back in anger? There is a song that advises against doing precisely that, is there not? No! Ahead! Ahead, I say, to the future — the future filled with thrilling manned exploration of our solar system, and people living on the Moon and all that happy horseshit.
And if we must look back, let us look back not in anger, but in awe. And, just to be more confusing than necessary, why not look back so far that we actually see people looking ahead to the moon landings we were just looking back on?
You following me? What I really mean is, let us watch the classic 1902 Georges Méliès film Le Voyage dans la lune — A Trip to the Moon: