Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 19:40 UTC
In the News "Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday on Aug. 5. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and he radioed back to Earth the historic news of 'one giant leap for mankind'. He spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin." Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Such a great man. The world lost a true legendary hero today. This man will be an inspiration for generations to come.
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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by winter skies on Mon 27th Aug 2012 11:13 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
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If alien visitors ever visit Earth, they might not care about money, but they will be far more interested in the species that has sent men to the moon, vehicle-sized craft to Mars, and probes beyond the solar system than they would be in animals that live day-to-day trying not to get eaten.

Of course. But probably that would be true just because there's some other even more intelligent alien species who has never bothered to build a spaceship to discover our Earth and instead refined the art of spending a blissful existence playing in the seas, skies or on the surface of their unpolluted planet. ;)
It might sound pessimistic, but I'm still convinced that happiness and knowledge are two separate paths and you can not pursue one unless you abandon the other. Obviously there's infinitely more complexity to this matter than that, but it's a realistic rule of thumb.

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