I read science fiction incessantly as a child. For that matter, I still do.
But as I grow older, I find that the idea of mankind becoming a spacefaring race less and less plausible and less and less satisfying. Oh we might be able to pull it off, but the chances decrease with every excess birth and the way that we will proceed becomes more and more constrained by a damaged and resource-limited world.
The Mars missions have been a highlight lately. Adventurous and almost glamorous, they represent an excellence and technical virtuosity which leaves old men like me deeply moved.
My favorite shot is the parachute landing.
Tax money well spent