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> I wish I had a more sophisticated way of describing it, but its overall just a very shitty feeling.

Maybe a song would do?

I mean, there is some relatively obscure but otherwise great music praising the dream of space and the work of people involved. See e.g.:

- https://youtu.be/6zotaRLROtw - A Toast For Unknown Heroes

- https://youtu.be/GbL3oNEDvJ0 - The Ballad of Apollo XIII

- https://youtu.be/ab_mH8R0KTM - One Way to Go (possibly the single work of art I ever found that plausibly praises capitalism)

(lyrics googlable by song title)

Also see pretty much all the work of Leslie Fish and Julia Ecklar.

I feel that now might be a time to start developing songs for the coming second Space Age - and hopefully to reinforce the dream this way. If anyone here does music / songwriting (or knows someone who does), I urge you to try (or suggest it). We need it :).


Also, to lighten the mood:

  (This verse is dedicated to the management of Morton Thiokol.)

  So first let's pray to Vulcan, ugly god of forge and flame,
  And also wise Minerva, now we glorify your name,
  May you aid our ship's designers now and find it in your hearts
  To please help the lowest bidders who've constructed all her parts!

  So pray to great green Mother Earth and the grim old god of Space,
  And the gods of flame and metal whom we've summoned to this place.
  Oh you gods of flight and physics, now you have us in your care;
  We hope that you will listen to a rocket rider's prayer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WLE6FpAcVs ;).

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