USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. Launched in 1797, Constitution was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed.
THOUGHTS ON APOLLO 13: When everything went to hell, 180,000 miles from earth, there was no help from home. There was nobody who could rush over with a screwdriver or an extra canister of oxygen or more batteries.
The solution they came up with — to use the moon’s gravity to hurl their capsule (roughly the size of a small winnebago) back to earth like a ball on a tether — required them to travel farther away from earth than any human had ever gone before. To get to where they wanted to go, they had to turn their backs and go the other way.
Many of us spend our lives screaming and yelling as we are dragged inevitably towards an end that we cannot avoid. Better to face it, right now, paste a picture of our own death on our fridge and stare at every day when we grab milk for our coffee. Constantly grieving, we find ourselves over and over making choices that take us further and further from the destination we originally had in mind.
Then, even though we may never get where we thought we were going, we inevitably end up back home.