If you are a space geek like me, you were glued to the NASA channel this morning and witnessed the successful maiden test flight of Orion after yesterday’s scrub. She splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:29 am Eastern Time today, December 5, 2014 and as I watched the live video feed showing the capsule bobbing passively atop the waves, it hit me – we really are going to send people to Mars!
As an avid reader of sci-fi since I was knee high to the proverbial grasshopper, I have never had a doubt that one day mankind would really venture into space, past the Moon, one day to Mars, then perhaps to Jupiter’s moon Europa and eventually beyond, traveling to new solar systems and galaxies. I feel blessed this morning that this space adventure is happening during my lifetime. Have you ever had shivers of joy at the mere thought of something so grand and promising? I have, and today I am smiling because I am in the front row to watch something I always knew would happen someday. This test flight of Orion, America’s new spacecraft, has opened the door to wondrous things.