This is a big milestone. SpaceX has been launching rockets to the ISS, but they haven’t put a man in space yet. Now they will, and it will be a flight around the moon.
You probably know that already. Everybody else is talking about it. But I’ve got one more thing….
They’re not actually landing, but if this seems like been-there-done-that, consider these names and their missions:
Apollo 8: Frank Borman, James Lovell, William Anders
Apollo 10: Thomas Stafford, John Young, Eugene Cernan
Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin
Apollo 12: C. “Pete” Conrad, Richard Gordon, Alan Bean
Apollo 13: James Lovell, Jack Swigert, Fred Haise
Apollo 14: Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, Edgar Mitchell
Apollo 15: David Scott, Alfred Worden, James Irwin
Apollo 16: John Young, T. Kenneth Mattingly, Charles Duke
Apollo 17: Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, Harrison Schmitt
This is a very small club of 24 men who’ve been out that far to see the other side of the moon. (Lovell, Cernan and Young made the trip twice.) Every other astronaut since then had to remain a lot closer to home.
Now, after what will be over 45 years — not since December 1972 — two more will join the list.
Actually, there never really was a “Free Speech Movement,” other than using that name. It was started in Berkeley in the ’60s by radicals. I’m sufficiently jaded that I can’t imagine them having supported Barry Goldwater’s freedom of speech. He may or may not have needed special protection to speak back then, but he certainly would today, and groups like this would be the reason.
In any case, it would be funny to think that it ends with Milo Yiannopoulos. His own Berkeley speech was cancelled last night due to a riot.
The linked article blames “black bloc” anarchists. That’s where a group wears masks and black clothing to make it more difficult for the police to identify and prosecute.