I'm 45 minutes into disc 1 of my latest Christmas gift from my kids ... and thrice I have nearly been in tears. The first came as Pres. Kennedy set a goal so many of us know so very well. The second crept upon me as I watched Ed White reluctantly returned to his Gemini capsule, on "the saddest day of my life." The third... whispered as Deke Slayton walked alongside Gus Grissom during a hunting trip, asking Gus if he would command the Apollo 1 flight. Tom Hanks' "From the Earth to the Moon" is special. When you've lived your entire life dreaming of the stars, knowing you're too short and too nearsighted and just plain born in the wrong era to ever see them unhindered... you take whatever means you can to get there. No matter how vicariously. Thanks to one of my best friends who had loaned me his VHS tapes - you're a god, Doug - my wife & I lived through all twelve episodes. All of the stories about "Can We Do This?" and "Spider", about "Gallileo Was Right" and "The Original Wives Club". Watching these episodes.. I was there. I was frelling THERE!! Living through it all again, and not just reliving the episodes. The events they represented. These days... the Cynic in me doubts we will ever reach these heights again in my lifetime. The Dreamer in me can't wait to get the party re-started. And thanks to Mr. Hanks and his party of experts, I think I'll get the champaign chilling. Well, maybe Mt. Dew So why post this in here? Because I'm curious about the primary reasons for the cessation of the Apollo program. Was it completely budgetary? Was it felt we achieved what we could for the time? Yes, there are allegedly plans for a return to the moon, for a manned trip to Mars... but just how likely is it that such will ever be pulled off? At least at a time when you and I can witness it.