I am a bit behind on my listening but would like to comment on the theories on why outer space is not as interesting to the mass population. I think it is in part that we shifted from test pilots and military to teachers and scientists. The loss of anyone is a great loss, but the protection of the “average person” seems to make NASA more cautious. Also one fact, the lack of money given to NASA to do it right and fast enough to keep the attention of some. It is still a big deal for some of us. I watch all launches and listen for the booms on landing, but I live very close to NASA in Florida.
I enjoy your podcasts,