This is a reprint of a post written on July 16, 2009, the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11.
In thinking about space, our expectations are often measured by the book and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a good yardstick because it has a vision and a date, so I’m going to use it here.
People look at this movie and see we were supposed to have reached deep space before now, and they think we just gave up on the dream. But they’re really looking at it all wrong. We really exceeded that.