At last, after all these years of waiting, the interview none could catch. Some cunning Australian accountants did the math and talked the ultimate engineer, Neil Armstrong out. So to hell with good blogging, and over to them. Don’t read me – watch the four short episodes in turn and … imagine.
Myself, Mr Armstrong’s point never seemed more gigantic, more courageous and more aduous than listening to him describe a last minute fix to get off the moon. After describing his suit’s Frankensteinesque maneouverability’s combination with the cumbersome backpacks, Mr Armstrong notes that “his colleague” has knocked into a circuit breaker. It looks a bit damaged. Trouble is, that’s the breaker for the main thrust. He says it looks okay but there must be some doubt because they decide to strengthen it by jamming a marker pen into it. He’s travelled to the moon, manually landed with only 20 seconds of fuel left and now he’s performing electrical work into order to leave. To think that I have been grumbling about my own electrical issues. On the moon!
Seriously. Look what we can do. Now look at what we are doing. If we can put ourselves on the moon, we can sort out the climate problem. Seriously. Imagine.