As we all know, this year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most incredible achievements in human history.
But I don't want to write about the '69 New York Mets winning the World Series.
I want to talk about outer space.
After all, it was on this date 40 years ago that Neil Armstrong found a giant monolith on the moon, which caused his computer to go crazy and a giant baby to float in space.
Wait, that was 2001 Space Odyssey.
Which leads me to another question: Why is it in the year 2009 - a full eight years after 2001 -- we don't have lunar colonies or massive hotel-like space stations that emit Beethoven symphonies?
Instead all we have is the Space Shuttle, basically a glorified space taxi, except real taxis probably have a better safety record.
What's wrong? Why are we not going bolder where no man has gone before?
Maybe the problem is that our space efforts are a government operation.
In my younger more naive days, I belonged to a group called the L5 Society, which pushed the idea of private sector space colonization.
But I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.
That's why these days I am much less of a space enthusiast. Seems to me the idea of travelling to other planets is nothing but a pipe dream, that's not really worth the expense of tax dollars.
On the bright side, I understand aliens with futuristic space technology have landed which may enable us to travel faster than the speed of light.
Wait, that was the plot of Star Trek: First Contact.