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!
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!
We’ve come a long way fast – thanks to technology!
Would you consider taking a flight into space?