RE: https://rubenerd.com/russia-withdraws-from-the-iss/

Yes. I felt and feel the same, and the current news are the saddest step backwards in my lifetime so far.

I somewhat also feel the same about the Concorde. That thing was a symbol of engineering, and while it was full of issues, abandoning the whole class still feels like we simply gave up on forward looking engineering and decided to polish what we have.

Two thoughts and recommendation: The End of Eternity1 from Isaac Asimov, and what happens when humanity always takes the safe and comfy route; and a movie, The Arrow2 "The right stuff, the wrong time".


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_of_Eternity↩︎

  2. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118641/↩︎