Wednesday, July 4, 2012


"Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it."

Ray Bradbury

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Above, two photos courtesy of JPL taken at Planetfest 1981. The top image is of the world's first unfurling of a solar sail. I was standing right there, an ordinary citizen witnessing history. My modest camera's photos weren't very good so I hope JPL will forgive my sharing theirs.

The lower image is of a panel discussion at that same conference-- Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, Ted Koppel, Ray Bradbury, and Gene Roddenberry. I was in the front row.
Reaching the stars... It all seemed so dazzlingly possible.

Perhaps it will again.