Anyone remember the Tom Swift books for boys? They gave the Hardy Boys a run for the money back in the 60s space race. All kinds of Grade Six lads read them and watched Johnny Quest and Lost in Space on TV, dreaming that one day they too could become astronauts.
I never joined the craze and do not know why. Maybe it was because I realized that it would never happen to me and even now am one who would rather canoe a river than stare down at it from outer space (though if I could do both....). Still, when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield popped into town to learn how to drive an underwater rover, I admit to slight excitement. He is, after all, a Canuck who has spent 14 hours walking in space outside the shuttle. And like all things space related, his current project is high tech and really cool. Watery Rocketmen