Zoom, zoom, zoom…

Last week, God knows why, Zak mentioned space ships to our son. He then jumped on YouTube to show him a launch, and he was describing everything to him as he always does, even though I figured he couldn’t possibly comprehend all this stuff about the astronauts climbing in the shuttle from the overpass and the boosters coming off from the shuttle after the launch. Well, the next morning, our boy asked to see again the shuttle, describing with much gestures and sound effects how it would go up, up, up in the sky, and then the boosters would come off.

Since then, we showed him several more videos of space shuttles taking off and landing, the Moon landing, the astronauts driving the Rover on the Moon, etc. He seems fascinated, but the weird thing is, so are we! Talking about all that to our son brought back to mind how crazy it was that we were able to send people on the Moon back when there was no Internet and computers needed all the space in the room to be as powerful as your cell phone is today. We both started reading more about the Apollo missions, the space shuttles and the next planned space program. I read about the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia disasters, all tragic, although it seems unbelievable that the number of deaths linked to the space program is not longer when you consider the feats of engineering needed to achieve even one of those missions.

I guess that’s another perk of having children. By seeing the world through their eyes, you rediscover things that should never have ceased to amaze you. Now I am not saying that my son will become an astronaut (he has time to discover 1000 more passions in the next few years), but in the meantime, there could be worse things to watch on TV than a documentary about space…

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