It was 1996 and anything, in then-president Carlos Menem’s mind at least, seemed possible, including the idea of building a spaceship that could fly from Argentina to Japan in 1.5 hours. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Menem had conquered inflation and now he was ready to conquer outer space. Too bad it was never built. Sometimes it takes me more than 1.5 hours just to get from the microcentro to Ezeiza.
Oh well. “Aim high or dont’ aim at all,” my grandma used to say. Actually, that’s not true. She never said that. But Carlos Menem really did say this:
“Within a short period of time, we are going to call for bids to build a system of space flights that, through a platform which might be built in the province of Córdoba, those space ships will leave the atmosphere, will return to the stratosphere, and from there will choose where they want to go, so that within an hour and a half we will be able to go from Argentina to Japan, Korea or any part of the world.”