In December of 1974, I made my only trip to Cape Canaveral to visit the Kennedy Space Center. It had been only two years since Apollo 17's return from the Moon but the space center already had the decrepit feel of an abandoned ruin. Rockets, like these, were being turned into sad lawn ornaments. By 1974 the public had lost interest in space exploration. Many saw the effort as a giant waste of money. The left despised and reviled the program largely because it succeeded. Americans walked on the Moon, Soviets did not: an embarrassment that helped spawn idiotic, "it was all done in a sound stage," conspiracies that are still circulating. It's been a long fifty years but we are finally coming out of our self-induced space exploration coma. In the next ten years, somebody, (probably not Americans), will finally return to the Moon.