The eagle has finally landed. The last 3 decades of space exploration in the United States came to an end this morning as the space shuttle Atlantis safely returned to earth.
"Mission complete, Houston," radioed commander Christopher Ferguson. "After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history. It's come to a final stop."
The long-dreaded budget cuts halting NASA’s American manned exploration of what many call the last frontier have brought the program to its knees, and nostalgia to many Americans who have lived to see the height of the program’s 30 years of success.
From Apollo 11 to the combined 14 deaths on space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, NASA has certainly seen its ups and downs, and while the Atlantis mission was successfully completed without many issues, the ups and down were still present.
As technology beamed back photos and videos of the final American astronauts sent by NASA, one specific astronaut stood out hairs above the crowd—Sandra Magnus.
Sandra Magnus’ wavy locks were on end in the midst of no gravitational pull. Whether she was washing her tresses, or interviewing with folks back on Mother Earth, her wavy hair was the star of the show.
And though space exploration has come to an end, albeit temporary, I couldn’t help but wondering if there were any products out there, somewhere, that could pull those curls down and keep them in place. That’s right—I’m talking products with built in gravity here.
Let’s be honest—while princess Leia’s ‘do was a generational icon and makes for a rocking Halloween style, I want my fantasy space future to accommodate my curly locks in any hairstyle I choose. My daily updo would be fine for an every day look, but what if I wanted to dress it up and wear it down?
Maybe I'm going a little to far and getting ahead of myself, but letting go of the idea that the space exploration this generation grew up on is over—well, that isn’t settling so well. Pluto already is no longer a planet and now American space exploration is a thing of last year’s history books? Man, my children are going to think I’m so old.
All jokes aside, at the very least we can all tell the next generation of how, when the final space shuttle settled into orbit, a curly haired woman was wearing her tresses proudly and, gravity or not, so can you!
After all, it is something to be proud of saying that a curly like Sandra Magnus has been in space, much less a woman, much less a human being! So, here’s to you, NASA—may the budget crises be speedily resolved, and may you forever inspire wonder and hope in the hearts and minds of Americans.
Houston, over and out.