We’re picking up where we left off. Back in 1972. That’s the last time we flew a crew-capable spacecraft this high in orbit. Will it work? We’ll know in about five hours or so after/if splashdown occurs as scheduled.
What have we been doing the last forty years? Determining if ants can be taught to sort tiny screws in space.
I’m sure there are a lot of smart people doing cool things aboard the ISS, but it bores me. It also bores all of humanity.
It’s also apparently been a waste of time. Because after 40 years Orion looks exactly like a large Apollo. So what’s NASA learned in the last 40 years? Apparently very little, because we’re just using the same improved design. But whatever, better to pick up after a 40 year gap then never again.
So fly Orion. Do your part. You’re exciting and are going boldly. Our degenerate race needs such things now more than ever.