On Sunday, July 20, 1969, I was just a kid at grandma’s house when I watched with intent interest Astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot upon the moon. A splendid achievement, wasn’t it? The culmination of years of trial and error, effort consistent with a pledge made by the late President Kennedy about reaching this goal before the 1960’s ended. It is all the more remarkable that he made this pledge while we still struggling with rockets exploding on the pad, yet to have launched a successful orbital mission. He had such confidence in the American people and American know-how that he asked us to reach for the stars and we did not disappoint. What happened to that America? When I saw this landing while in my early teens, I envisioned the possibility that in my lifetime shuttles to and from the moon would be as common as jet air transportation was at that time. I saw a future where men and women would be routinely working in space; I saw the film 2001, a Space Odyssey, as a prophetic vision of the very near future from the eyes of one who lived during the late 1960’s. From my perspective, NASA could do no wrong. This was to be a world full of opportunity and promise. The failure of this vision to come to fruition has to be one of the biggest disappointments of the ‘boomer generation”.