I was waiting for some one to mention the passing of Wally Schirra, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, given the love of space and sci-fi among the members here.
I guess all you young 'ns here missed it. Schirra flew in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. He later became an on-air consultant with Walter Cronkite on CBS commentating on the moon missions. The Cronkite/Schirra team was fantastic! Schirra provided wonderful insight in plain language on the missions. I was always glued to the TV for every mission (Mercury and Gemini) and looked forward to Schirra's assistance to demystifying the technology which allowed us to go to the moon.
This was really exciting stuff and it's a shame most of you were too young to experience the moon missions first hand (I was in my early teens). This wasn't like watching some B sci-fi movie with a guy in a gorilla suit with a diving helmet on his head running around the rocks in Chatsworth, CA. This was the real deal! Exciting and dangerous.
Schirra brought it home in easy terms. He was simply the best.
You will be missed, Wally. Thank you for your service to us all.