Bah, a rotten start to the new year.
Eugene Cernan, not an actor in an endearing SF show but the last astronaut to walk on the Moon has died aged 82.
To be a child with an interest how things worked at the end of the 60s was amazing. There were regular rockets being launched, satellites enabled the 68 Olympics to be watched live, men went to the Moon. All this exciting stuff seemed normal to me as it was on TV almost all the time, I didn’t realise it was the ultimate of the leading edge of science and engineering. Watching men with names like Buzz and Gene (Eugene was an extremely uncommon name in the UK then) doing amazing stuff on the Moon with hardly a murmur of excitement in their voices set me off a careeer in engineering. So I blame them that I earn buttons doing engineering rather than being paid a fortune as a doctor or barrister
I don’t believe anyone can see a picture like this and not want to be spaceman. Hell you get to play with that 2.3GHz dish and TWTA power amplifier never mind a real MASER in the receiver.
RIP Mr. Cernan, you were one of the Apollo men I really wanted to meet.