Ironic really that the man who started the space race in earnest, JFK, was assassinated in 1963 just as Lesley Gore was telling the world "Everything that's wonderful is sure to come your way" in her song Sunshine. Lollypops and Rainbows.
A couple of years before Lee Harvey Oswald knocked him so unceremoniously off his perch, JFK delivered one of his more famous speeches declaring "I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth."
NASA then a fledgling government enterprise formed in 1958 under Eisenhower went into overdrive and acheived the goal with 5 scant months to spare. It's a pity neither JFK nor his brother Robert survived to see Neil Armstrong step off the ladder and deliver perhaps the most famous line uttered in human history.
NASA as an organisation are a collection of possibly the greatest problem solvers and innovators ever to have existed. A lot of the technology that we take for granted today was dreamt up by some boffin in a state of the art lab in Pasadena. NASA have been credited with inventing everything from freeze dried food through to cordless vacuum cleaners.
Perhaps their greatest contribution to planet earth though are breakthroughs in water purification and solar cells. Single-crystal silicon solar cells are now widely available and affordable thanks to NASA needing to power satelites and manned and unmanned spaced missions. And thus an industry was born.
Which brings me to this weeks shout out - Tas Solar. Experts in the industry and local. The colder months are the perfect time to call them and find out how converting to solar power can save you money and make you feel good at the same time.
Resilience completed a Television Commercial/Web Video for them a little while ago.
Here it is: