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Melissa Carter: Remembering Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride, and the heroism of human space flight

Melissa Carter

My home office is dedicated to space. The walls are covered with images of the space shuttle, former astronauts, and science fiction characters of a future some hope to experience.

But as NASA excitedly gives updates on the movements of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, I can’t help but wonder if Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride would be equally impressed with the space agency’s remote controls.

We lost these national heroes within about a month of one another, and I doubt they envisioned that at the time of their death America’s vast exploration of space would rely solely on a robot.