It was pretty ridiculous to think that a straight arrow like the legendary "Original 7" space riders would find a genie in a bottle when their spacecraft had to come back to earth. But I bought into the whole concept, even as Captain, then Major Nelson was pretty much stuck on the planet, even though with a genie, he could have gone to Pluto and back in the blink of two eyes.
But there was also the history of the manned space missions: Mercury, Gemini and then Apollo, set into motion by John F. Kennedy promising to land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth.
That very first man was Neil Armstrong, who was the commander of Apollo 11, with his two partners, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and the forgotten man who circled the moon while Armstrong and Aldrin collected rocks, Michael Collins.
And now, Neil Armstrong is first again, first of that storied crew of three to leave the planet and soar far out into the Universe.
RIP, Neil Armstrong.