Well, aren’t you the clever feller, Spiro…I don’t think I’ve ever run across that line of argument on these boards before.
[sigh.] Exploring the planet is one thing. Whooshing up, at enormous expense, to a dead-ass lump of rock in the sky (to take the materialist’s line) seems somehow different to me than looking for the Northwest Passage, or the source of the Nile. Unless you’re of the opinion that the lovely Moon Maids were gonna be waiting up there to hand out lemonade?
To take the poet’s line, we were being invasive of the virgin’s secrets. For no other reason than showing those darned Russkies that we could do it first.