“Yeah, well mine was too
old to go any faster.”
As Scott Kelly said: Fair winds and following seas, Captain.
[about driving the Lunar Rover] "What really saves you up there is there's nobody coming down the road from the other way."
Moon walkers still living are Harrison Schmitt, Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, David Scott, and Charlie Duke.
Is there any chance we'll have another person on the moon before these guys are gone. They're all in their 80's now.
I like to think people who've set foot on the moon are able to see all we've done in space, all we're doing, all we're about to do, and see the moon landings as just one small but significant thing in context of the beadth of human achievement.
The ones I've spoken to think it's wrong that so much is being done within 400 km of the Earth's surface, when they went so much further.
The ones I've spoken to acknowledge that the #ISS is a wonderful thing, and that excellent work is being done. But it's clear that they think there's more to do, and we're not doing it.
Other Moon orbiters: Jim Lovell, Tom Stafford, Fred Haise, Al Worden, and Ken (TK) Mattingly.
Of those, I've had an extensive conversation with TK, moderate conversation with Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, some conversation with Alan Bean, and listened to talks and Q'n'A sessions with all of them.
Most were pretty moderate in the words they used, but in most cases you could hear between the spoken lines the frustration, and the yearning to see flights beyond LEO. In the longer, more personal conversations their feelings were obvious when the topic came up, supporting the impression obtained from the more moderate, public statements.
Yes, but it probably won't be an American.
We only went to the moon to prove something to the Soviets, now the rest of the world has something to prove to the US.
But 2036... I wonder why does it take so long?
Right now, no nation really has a clear goal (e.g. the US can’t even decide if it wants to send people back to the moon or go straight to Mars), a clear timeline (a manned mission to Mars is perpetually 20 years away for the US; a similar phenomenon also seems to be going on for anyone returning to the moon), or a clear motive. The US beat every other country to the moon by at least ~50 years, so all China doing a manned lunar mission proves at this point is that their technology and space capabilities are no more than 50 or 60 years behind the US’s. I think the US (either NASA or a private company) will be the first nation to land a person on Mars, although it might be a while before it happens; if at some point it looks like another nation is going to beat us, we might actually develop some motivation at that point.
However if you view the moon landings as an exploratory advance, it's a small miracle that we're already talking of going back. Yes, the moon landings may be our modern-day Roanoke Colony, but look at what's come of that colony's original foray in the generations since!
He loved his job.
Number of living humans who have walked on another world