“At the moment, cosmologists have no evidence for more than one universe. But if you extend several well-tested laws of physics to their extremes (or beyond), you can describe the small, dense, hot birth of the universe as a seething foam of tangled space-time that is prone to quantum fluctuations, any one of which could spawn an entire universe of its own.
In this gnarly cosmos we might occupy just one universe in a ‘multiverse’ that encompasses countless other universes popping in and out of existence. The idea relegates us to an embarrassingly smaller part of the whole than we ever imagined.”
The universe’s age of 13.8 billion years seems like an almost abstract concept to us. We know it’s a huge number, but we can’t really grasp the enormity of it. That’s why the concept of the Cosmic Calendar is so useful: It compresses the entire age of the universe in a time scale that we can all understand - an entire calendar year: 12 months, 365 days. At this scale, there are 438 years per second, 1.58 million years per hour, and 37.8 million years per day.
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
Bill Nye is getting impatient. In fact, we’re all getting impatient. It’s been more than 42 years now since humans set foot on the moon. NASA’s budget is a fraction of what it used to be. Human spaceflight ambitions are retreating. Public interest is waning. Meanwhile, a new frontier beckons, discoveries are waiting to be made and a new generation is ready to be inspired.
Fight for Space is a documentary film that explains the economic and cultural benefits of human space exploration. Fight for Space will examine future plans from NASA and other commercial endeavors. It features interviews from top scientists, astronauts, NASA officials and more. [WATCH THE TRAILER]
Following a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2012 to create the documentary, the filmmakers are returning to Kickstarter to raise the remaining funds needed to complete post-production and release the film later this year.
If the crowdfunding campaign is successful by Feb. 1, the documentary will receive a limited theatrical release, be distributed digitally and will then go on to be broadcast on public television. The filmmakers will also send a copy of the film to every U.S. lawmaker to better educate them on space policy. I’m thinking Ted Cruz needs TWO copies.
“Do you realize that the $850 billion dollar bank bailout - the sum of money - is greater than the entire 50 year running budget of NASA. So when someone says we don’t have enough money for this space probe, I’m asking, it’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that the distribution of the money that you’re spending is warped in some way, that you’re removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow. So I worry that the decisions that Congress makes doesn’t factor in the consequences of those decisions on tomorrow. They’re playing for the quarterly report, they’re playing for the next election cycle, and that is mortgaging the actual future of this nation. Tomorrow’s gone.”
This perpetuation of ignorance and disregard toward our technological capabilities and potential as a spacefaring, exploratory, and curious species blatantly neglects our responsibility to future generations.