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Aerospace is the science and industry of flight through both the atmosphere enveloping our planet and the literally astronomically vast areas of space beyond our insignificant little planet.

I don’t know about you, but I’m old enough to remember seeing the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey during its first run in theaters. The film depicted, among other things, people taking routine space flights on Pan Am airlines. I was convinced that by 2001 that would be reality.

Needless to say, it didn’t happen. Not only did it not come to be, but when kids today stream a video of the film they probably don’t realize that Pan Am was a real airline at the time the film came out. It was. It’s not now.

I am massively pissed off about the commonplace space flights that the film implied would be around by 2001 haven’t yet happened. Apparently, it’s more important to spend money acquiring the weapons needed to kill each other many times over, and occasionally using those fatal toys—because if you’ve got them it would be a shame to not use them, don’t you know—than to take the occasional jaunt at least over to our nearest neighbors in the solar system.

And forget about the rest galaxy. It’s not going to happen. Not in our lifetimes. Not in the lifetimes of your children, (I don’t have any children, so it’s up to yours.) Not in the lifetimes of their children … and, I suspect, so on for several generations to come.

Personally, while I’m thrilled with the aero part of aerospace because I like traveling on this planet, I’d be even more thrilled if there was also more focus on the space part than there currently is. How cool would it be to have dinner on the moon, or on Mars? Très cool. That’s how cool.

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