As a follow-up to the post from a few weeks ago I bring you this speech from a past that could have been:
“Fate has ordained that the men who went to the Moon to explore in peace will stay on the Moon to rest in peace.
These brave men know there is no hope for their recovery but they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.
In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood. Others will follow and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied but these men were the first and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.”
from the desk of Richard Nixon, via The Daily Express.
And while you’re thinking sobering thoughts of astronauts dying a slow death on the moon while the world helplessly looks upward, here’s some Space Disco courtesy of Edwin van Cleef (via Trash Menagerie). Its a nice long mix, so feel free to download it and listen to it on your own time.