Lunar Lander

For two hundred thousand years, humanity trundled along. And then the industrial revolution happened — and things took off…

I recall, as a young boy, watching the Apollo 11 Moon landing. I remember looking forward to the day when I would, myself, be a ‘space explorer’. In my mind’s eye, I was convinced this would be possible by the time I was thirty years old. From my perspective, we had simply reached that point in our development where the next step was to explore space. It all seemed quite natural.

Little did I know at that time that the reason we (that’s ‘we’ as in ‘humanity’) went to the Moon had very little to do with the urge to explore; the real reasons were more complex. It was more to do with a clash of ideologies. It was a matter of international politics and posturing; it was about capitalism’s need to prove that it was better than communism. I grew up immersed in one of the two feuding cultures, and this influenced my view of reality.

As a teenager, the only option available to me was the Atari ‘Lunar Lander’ game:

Lunar Lander as a teenager: nowadays we have Lunar Flight — which is the closest I’m ever going to get to setting foot on another planet!

Lunar Flight is an awesome game. A tad tricky flying using a dvorak keyboard layout (that’s my excuse for constantly crashing, anyway!). This game provides a whole new perspective on the skills an astronaut needs: they must have practised forever and a day to get it right.

It’s possible to play Lunar Flight with a virtual reality headset, which would add an extra layer of immersion. I don’t have the kit for that myself, though.

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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3 Responses to Lunar Lander

  1. Robert Schick says:

    Like you, i too watched the first moon landing, recalling my fascination with it. i was a little older. 21 in fact. Leashed to the US of A’s killing machine, the armed forces. On the Very Day i graduated high school at 18 i received my draft notice. My dreams of becoming a ‘rock star’ shattered, placed on hold. Instead, i, the pacifist, was trained to kill people–Innocent people and Lifeforms (‘collateral damage’). Fortunately, i never had to, also knowing i couldn’t. At that moment i developed a very strong disrespect for authority (now easily born out…look around–no surprise there). My one and only human life was to be decided by the very psychopathic creatures who ‘had their reasons’ for the moon landing, and still exist today in designer suits, ties and heels, many heading corporations, some who sell video games to distract those, like me, who were distracted in 1969.

    But i’ve taken a kind of revenge, through music. Composing an opera unlike any other: ‘Sphere’ (The Most Passionate Love Triangle Never Imagined), that makes partial amends for all the damage i and other misguided, distracted, indoctrinated humans have done to The Most Beautiful Planet In the Universe.

    Most humans are in infinite versions of denial (aka, excuses), resigned to allow the planet to collapse, to fend for itself (forgetting that they are of earth also), refusing to act to do whatever we can each do to reciprocate for our wrongdoings. i cannot accept that denial for myself. i must act. Earth gave us our breaths. i owe it my Life. i have no time for silly games. Thank you for ‘hearing’.

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    • pendantry says:

      I do hear what you say. I think you’d appreciate my (admittedly foolhardy) attempts to get ‘homo sapiens sapiens’ renamed as ‘homo fatuus brutus’!

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      • Robert Schick says:

        Yes, indeed. Good luck with that one, though not foolish. HomoSapsSaps. Double the fun for the saps i suppose. The epitome of anthropocentric overkill, but as Queen sang (though i love the song): We Are the Champions. Not good enough for many humans to have blessed themselves with just being sapiens…no, no, no. Let’s double the absurdity. The first time i read the new designation i almost puked. What you want to accomplish isn’t foolish; those who wear the double sapiens hats are the Corpses’ court jesters, the absolute fools. Or as Charles Bukowski had his alter ego Henry Chenaski say: “Oh well, heh, heh…”

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