It may simply be that I am of an age such that the Apollo 11 mission came at exactly the right time to have a profound effect on me. It is my earliest vivid memory, (I was 4 at the time) and I am still utterly in awe of the individuals, the teamwork, the determination and the sheer optimism of the whole Apollo programme. When Kennedy committed to it, the USA had 20 minutes experience of space flight; the political courage to say it in advance (will the Chinese announce their intentions in advance?); and the lust for achievement to demand that "we seek to do (this) not because it is easy but because it is hard!". The pride of the grannies who sewed the gloves of the suits, the engineers who welded the joints. For me it represents everything that is good about the USA, and to some extent mankind in general. Lets face it, if Apollo 13 had been British we would have left them up there for a stiff upper lipped kind of a death; the soviets would have denied everything; the French would have blamed the USA; the Chinese would claim it was a roaring success. It had to be the USA. Needless to say I have been somewhat disappointed with my species and myself ever since. Political leadership lurched hard over to the "Screw you, I am the only thing that matters" in the late 1970s and appears to be moving that way apace. Celebrities now are vapid second raters who claim knowledge and wisdom without any of the awkward inconvenience of having to actually learn anything and leadership consists of management only. A person's value is judged purely by their cash value, and consumption is all that matters. Where are the people now who dare to do these things, celebrities who have done such things? To that end: What project could mankind or this nation commit to? Something to inspire and instil pride; something to succeed at; something to benefit the whole of the species; something bold and daring. What can my sons generation have as their "Because it is there moment?" We need more of the pride For me, something really bold in the use of the oceans. A real attempt to make the deep ocean beneficial; to understand the significance of the deep ocean currents. Either that Mars or one of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn. Where else can mankind go?