ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 11 mission that saw humans land on the moon for the first time, it is appropriate that we ask the question, what are we doing in space?
Three Apollo astronauts were killed when a launchpad fire broke out before takeoff in 1967. Nineteen years later, seven astronauts were killed in the space shuttle Challenger as millions watched on television.
Then in 2003, another seven were killed when the space shuttle Columbia broke up 40 miles above the earth.
Even though the shuttle program has been shelved by NASA, we are still sending astronauts to toodle around on the International Space Station.
So what are we doing up there?
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.