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2005 Faculty Opinions


Humans or Robots? Is it man's destiny to continue exploring space?

Kathryn Thornton
Associate Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science

The Apollo program, which culminated in six successful lunar landings, shaped my generation. For a time we saw ourselves as a generation who dared to do great things, to accept an almost unimaginable challenge in spite of enormous risks, and to be triumphant. Even the Apollo 13 drama was not a failure, but a rigorous test of our ability to devise a solution when "failure was not an option." We were not so naive as to believe that we were invincible or immortal. The tragic loss of life in the Apollo 1 fire was a stern lesson in the high cost of daring great deeds. Nevertheless, we were willing to take risks, and we did. Read More.

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