Space exploration is a favorite subject of mine, and I have spent hours lately watching the old news coverage of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and the shuttle on youtube.com. This reminds me of being in the first grade when televisions were first put in the classrooms and we watched the Gemini 6 launch, then in second grade when the fire on Apollo 1 (so named later) killed the 3 astronauts on the pad. It further reminds me of my grandmother, who opposed the "moon race," saying "We're just trying it because Russia did," and "If God meant for there to be people up there [the moon], he'd have put them up there!" I don't recall being enough on top of it all to ask her in turn, "Did God mean for people to b in America, since he didn't put any here?-- unless HE's doing so the same way HE's putting a few on the moon-- by our capabilities." What is your opinion about our accomplishments in space and our future objectives? Consider knowledge and achievement, cost and the value of human life.