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Fly Me To The Moon

Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars…If only Frank Sinatra realized how prophetic some of the words of his famous song were. It’s probably easier these days to fly to the moon than it is to find true love!

Space Shuttle Enterprise
Space Shuttle Enterprise on its way to retirement!

I ‘m not a cynic. At least, I try very hard not to be cynical.  I’m filled with  wonder at how far we’ve come in intercontinental and interplanetary travel in my lifetime. It seems like only the other day that Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon saying: “That’s  one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” What a thrill for us Indians when, in 1984, Rakesh Sharma became our first man in space. Asked by the then Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, what India looked like from space, he used the lyrics of a patriotic song and said: “Saare Jahan se Achcha Hindustan Hamara.” (meaning ‘India is the best in the world/universe.’)

Now, we’ve been to the moon, we’ve done Mars . Soon, if Richard Branson’s plans take off and I win a huge lottery I could consider traipsing off to space, via Virgin Galactic. It would be as easy as it is to take a intercontinental flight. Imagine that!

Sir Richard Branson and Governor Richardson at Spaceport America Runway dedication. Photo by Jeffrey Vock
Sir Richard Branson at Spaceport America Runway dedication.

We’ve come a long way fast – thanks to technology!

Would you consider taking a flight into space?





  1. Jenn Jenn October 13, 2012

    A hugely aspiring post. I hope your plans go your way and you get a chance to travel to space. I’d love to hear all about it, but I have no desire to go there myself.

    Great Post!! Jenn
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  2. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg October 13, 2012

    Would love to… Am sure it would be one fascinating experience, to explore and experience the new worlds!
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  3. Jeevan Jacob John Jeevan Jacob John October 12, 2012

    Well, it seems like an exciting thing to do (but, I don’t think I will love it).

    I like flying (have done that a bunch of times), but I prefer doing that in Earth’s atmosphere 😉

    But, maybe one day, I will take that flight to the moon (hopefully by then, taking a flight to moon would be cheap as buying a cup of coffee).

    We are making rapid advancements though 😉

  4. Rachna Rachna October 12, 2012

    My son wants to. I, on the other hand, am a bit scared :).
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  5. ramananth ramananth October 12, 2012

    Not interested Corrine, for there is so much beauty yet to be explored in this earth, which is more interesting and fascinating.

  6. Irene Irene October 11, 2012

    Visit outerspace… oh I would love to do that, Corinne! I remember wanting to become an astronaut back in fourth grade because studying the different planets fascinated me hehe And I want to experience what it is like to float due to the absence of gravity. That would be really cool! 🙂
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  7. G Angela G Angela October 11, 2012

    I would love to corinne ! when I started to fly first time a few years ago from Calcutta to Guwahati, to and fro – I was so thrilled and sang psalms amidst the clouds. My companion who was with me in the flight, was so kind, that he offered me his window sight, so that I could enjoy my flying experience.

    Whenever I think of that, I am filled with so much joy, last year this time I was flying from Hyd to Delhi alone, and a young student captured the aircraft flying in my cell. I was so excited, that I keep looking at it, whenever I recall, and flying to the moon would be the most fantastic happening in my life – I would definitely love to !! your blog post brought some excitement to me for few moments today ! and thanks for that, love reading your blog !

  8. Bindu Bindu October 11, 2012

    To space ? Only if there are mountains and lakes and trees and ocenas there 🙂
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  9. B k Chowla B k Chowla October 11, 2012

    HH,I am too scared even at 30000ft.Turbulances mid air are so frightening
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  10. Jo Jo October 11, 2012

    In a word, No. But minding my manners, no, but thanks for asking!

    Good turn on the prompt!
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  11. Amit Amit October 11, 2012

    I have just finished reading Rendezvous with Rama where the humans have settles on Mercury, Mars, Moon and on a few moons of Neptune and Jupiter. Yes, space travel is fascinating especially when there is so much literature available which has fanned our flights of fancy. I think we have been very slow in reality but we are catching up. We really need a faster mode of travel. Our current speed is very very inadequate. 🙂
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  12. Journey of Life Journey of Life October 10, 2012

    Good question –for an affordable price (perhaps for the price of business class or first class,) I would definitely pack my bags and go 🙂
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  13. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando October 10, 2012

    Just getting on a regular airplane is a challenge for me, so I don’t think I’d be a good candidate for space travel. 🙂 I, too, though am amazed by how far technology has taken us just in my lifetime . . . I’ll always remember my parents allowing me to stay up way past my bedtime to see Neal Armstrong place his foot on the moon. What a proud moment for America and for the world!
    Blessings, Corinne, and thanks for the great post!
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  14. janu janu October 10, 2012

    Yes, I would like to visit space…for the fun and the experience.
    Technology has made it possible to realize all those dreams which seemed impossible to achieve a few years back. But, at the same time let us not forget the junk it is creating…the e-waste. The space is literally a junk of satellites.

  15. Privy Trifles Privy Trifles October 10, 2012

    Oh yes… I would love too!

    You know Corinne these days on internet for money you can name a star after yourself or even have a piece of moon for yourself. And it all comes with a land deed having your name as the owner!!! So much for imagination and also trying to encash on our wish to have the moon and the stars *sigh*
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 13, 2012

      Let’s go together then, Privy? 😉 Oh, yes I heard about naming stars. I don’t think I’m quite so keen on paying for my name to be remembered!

  16. Harleena Singh Harleena Singh October 10, 2012

    Would love to Corinne!

    I wish we had choice and could just fly to the moon in a jiffy…wouldn’t it be wonderful! One keeps reading about the Mars mission and also about women like Sunita Williams and all that they have accomplished, and my younger one wants to be able to go to NASA someday because she wants to go to the moon too. 🙂

    I guess if you really wish for something hard…miracles are known to occur…so you never know…keep your fingers and toes crossed. 🙂
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues October 10, 2012

      Isn’t it just wonderful that kids these days have so many choices before them, Harleena? Our dreams always seemed more practical, in retrospect. But no regrets – we’ve lived through great times, that make us appreciate today so much more! As for our wishes, I too believe they come true – perhaps not exactly the way we want them too, but still…

      • Harleena Singh Harleena Singh October 10, 2012

        Absolutely Corinne!

        Kids nowadays want to touch the stars, and I marvel at their self-confidence. Our times were indeed different, though there are so many pros and cons to it too. I’m just glad we sailed through it all well and have learnt to enjoy life’s little moments too. 🙂
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