"Orion will start in 2023," said Lowell Zoller, one of the last remaining engineers who worked on the Apollo program, with a sudden smile. "Well, if it does, it's 11:59 on December 31, 2023. It's just not clear."
Today, Zoller offers tours of his and US fading space past the space and rocket center. A stupendous test version of Saturn V Moon rocket he worked on, which von Braun thought to take us all the way to Mars, but as NASA no longer has the components to build, even if it would hang out over everything.
Zoller, 82, is the image of both mom's love and barely disguised frustration. Asked about the Space Force, Donald Trump's unforeseen fantasy suggestion for a fourth branch of the military, Zoller's mouth rolls and his eyes roll heavenly. "Is that right with your question?"
I can not help considering this on Space Camp – on a three day course to promote the second season of National Geographic's future fantasy series, March "We are also playing Space Force. For a challenge where we divide into teams to design a heat shield that protects an egg from a fiery torch (and even more important from a NASA perspective, to make as much budget as possible), my team is ironically adopting the name Space Force. A campus advisor enthusiasts that they will ironically do the same for a future program.