That’s my favourite quote from the movie First Man when Neil Amstrong answered one of the big questions of that era, “Why do you think space flight is important?”
Why do I love it so much? Because it reinforces what I believe in a person’s purpose in life: “To experience and see things that maybe we should have seen a long time ago, but just haven’t been able to until now.” May my ongoing journey get me to many different vantage points to change, grow and be thankful always.
Below is what Neil Amstrong had replied to the question (in the movie, of course) if you are interested.
Deke Slayton: Why do you think space flight is important?
Neil Armstrong: I had a few opportunities in the X-15 to observe the atmosphere. It was so thin, such a small part of the Earth, that you could barely see it at all. And when you’re down here in the crowd and you look up, it looks pretty big and you don’t think about it too much. But when you get a different vantage point, it changes your perspective. I don’t know what space exploration will uncover, but I don’t think it’ll be a exploration just for the sake of exploration. I think it’ll be more the fact that it allows us to see things that maybe we should have seen a long time ago, but just haven’t been able to until now.