Monday, July 23, 2007

So You Want To Be An Astronaut

Everyone loves astronauts, don't they? I mean, what's not to envy? Astronauts travel into outer space, orbit the Earth, and, for a lucky few, walk on the moon. The job of astronaut certainly has all of the appearances of a very glamorous, even romantic line of work. After all, what little kid doesn't want to be an astronaut when they grow up?

And then you go to the Johnson Space Center. You take a tour of the astronaut training facility. You see how sterile and scientific the environment looks...more fitting of an engineer than an intergalactic explorer. Spaceman Spiff certainly wouldn't last very long in Houston!

And therein lies the lesson. Those grand moments of space travel (which we all observe) are nothing more than brief interludes between long, long periods of repetition, training, and dedication to the smallest of details (none of which we normally see). Level of romance...down. Level of respect...way, way up.

~Steve

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