Countdown to the Moon

1700 – Britton

Britton and I went to Orangefield High School together. She became a high school teacher focusing on AP American History.

What will the next 100 years look like?
“Technological things. We have come so far. Politics will revolve around technology than anything else.”

Do we know as much about technology today? Forty years ago people really understood how a car was put together. Twenty years ago people built computer. Now it is all a black box. People do not know how it works.
“Technology in some ways retard us. Kids just expect for the technology to work. But they can’t write as well. They can’t critically think. They don’t know how to type because it is not taught any more.” (My younger son uses to learn typing.)

Many things were going on during the first moon landing in 1969: Vietnam war, civil rights, cold war, Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy assassination. How much of it do you cover?
“Only able to show the video of the moon landing and mention it in the context of sputnik and all the other things going on. The 2024 moon landing will help to re-energize everyone.”

What do you think about 2024?
“Good and bad. Will help with technology. But at the same time how much money is being invested in this when there are other problems that could be focused on.
Everyone wants to be an astronaut at some point of their lives. It can help get people to study science and technology.”

If it was a safe and affordable would you go into space?
“Sure. To be in space would be awesome. To be able to see the earth from the perspective of the moon. Why not?”

(TV Series reference: The 100
Plot: Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. )

“Having movies like Hidden Figures helps to excite and remind people about space.”

How do you feel about having the first woman land on the moon?
“I don’t feel one way or the other about it. It should be the best person for the job. Don’t send people up there just to fill a quota.”

Big event coming up: May 27, 2020 – SpaceX will be launching two Astronauts from Florida. This will be the first time that American astronauts have launched from American soil on American rockets since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.

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