Midlife space nostalgia

By Rob Scovell, in , posted: 1-Nov-2009 08:13

So, Space is becoming more prominent again. The Cold War space race is history, and nuke research is no longer a driver for space research but with the Augustine Report, things seem to be moving again.
http://gizmodo.com/5393755/an-astronaut-explains-how-well-fall-in-love-with-space-again
How much of this is down to midlife space nostalgia? The kids I grew up with watched Star Trek, Dr Who, Battlestar Galactica etc, and read scifi, and dreamed about visiting deep space. Now, members of my generation who went into science and tech are old enough to make things happen. We've got the experience and authority in our fields to make things possible. And midlife is a time for nostalgia. 
How many of the people with influence at NASA are 40-somethings who finally have the means to realise their teenage dreams?

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