- Allan Needell, curator of the Apollo Collection at the National Air and Space Museum, speaking about the Saturn V rocket. The rocket on display outside Johnson Space Center has been restored; opening ceremonies are today.First, he's right: I got to see one at the Apollo Center at Kennedy, and Oh My God. It's like the Grand Canyon or the ocean - pictures don't do it justice.
Second: Thirty-eight years since July 20, 1969? Damn.
On the other hand, the new space tourism business is possibly the best thing to happen to manned space exploration ever. It's the incremental, demand-based approach that actually has a rat's ass chance of building a sustainable program.