Does “Star Trek” make it look too easy?

Andre Bormanis, writing in The Space Review, asks, “Does “Star Trek” make it look too easy?”

“In an interview with a reporter from the Associated Press, Scott Pace, the current director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University and a former NASA associate administrator, was asked to comment on the April 12th failure of the North Korean rocket launch. He noted that sending a vehicle into space is still a significant technical challenge, and added, “In many ways, the worst enemy of NASA is Star Trek Captain Picard says ‘engage’ and the ship moves. And people think ‘How hard can this be?’ …”