Growing up during the Cold War did have its advantages as well as its disadvantages. Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Two Tribes' was a massive plus but then we had Nena and her '99 Red Balloons' which almost had you praying for a Soviet missile to land on your roof.
Apart from the drawback of death to everyone and everything and having to watch 'When The Wind Blows' in school so we knew when to turn the sofa upside down and crawl into it, the biggest plus was the space race.
The competition between the Soviets in the red corner and the Americans in the red, white and blue one, pushed them both onwards and upwards to explore above the clouds.
The brave actions of Yuri Gagarin, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Laika the dog took us to the moon where we drove around in a buggy, stuck a flag in the ground and then just forgot all about it which is a real shame because we should have done so much more once we got there so we had a launch pad for further space exploration.
Now one half of the Cold War opponents have mothballed their space programme but the Russians have made two exciting announcements this week which may get us back on track.
Firstly the Russian Federal Space Agency are sending two lunar rovers and several landing stations aimed at scoping out an eventual permanent manned base up there on the moon.
Secondly, the Russians are developing a nuclear powered engine for long haul flights to Mars and to establish a network of bases on its surface.
Ideally NASA and the RFSA will get their head nerds together and do it for mankind but if not, i wouldn't mind another Cold War Space Race to make sure the plans don't get kicked into the long grass because going out into space and colonizing other planets is probably the only solution to avoid the problems of pollution, over-crowding, global warming and 99 Red Balloons still being on a radio play list here on planet Earth.