The space race really heats up in the third volume of famed Russian spacecraft designer Boris Chertok memoirs. Chertok, who worked under the legendary Sergey Korolev, continues his fascinating narrative on the early history of the Soviet space program, from 1961 to 1967 in Rockets and People III.
9. Take a Walk on the Wild Side
The second volume of Walking to Olympus explores the 21st century evolution of spacewalks.
I was talking to a friend who was feeling down about human-caused global climate change. “It may be,” I told a friend in London as we walked across Tower Bridge, “that our ticket was punched before we ever got started.” While there is no doubt we’re cutting our time on earth shorter through carbon emissions and the destruction of the ecology, it might be that our species was never going to make it past the end of the womb of our ice-age birth. I explained this, about how fragile an organism we are, and how the ice ages cycle. She laughed, she was used to my strange form of hope.
“You have to choose to have hope, or just jump out of a window,” a person I was interviewing once told me, a person who’d been accused of techno-utopianism. We were walking along the California coast hills at sunset, talking about all the ways our technological lives could go wrong, and the many ways it is going wrong. He wasn’t utopian, it turned out, he’d thought of the worst long before his detractors had. He’d decided to try to head it off, instead of jumping out of a window.
We are diseased and angry and we kill each other and ourselves and all the world. We are killing off life on Earth like a slow moving asteroid. I try to look at this, and my own part in it. Sometimes it is overwhelming. I feel so powerless trying to comprehend all the terrible things we face, much less get past them into our future, with our humanity and our inconceivably beautiful little blue-green planet preserved.
All these grown-up monsters for my grown-up mind, they are there in the nights I wake up terrified and taunted by death. When I feel so small and broken, when despair and terror take me, I have a secret tool, a talisman against the night. I don’t use it too often so that it doesn’t lose its power. I learned it on airplanes, which are strange and thrilling and full of fear and boredom and discomfort. When I am very frightened, I look out the window on airplanes and say very quietly:
I have seen the tops of clouds
And I have. In all the history of humanity, I am one of the few that has seen the tops of clouds. Many would have died to do so, and some did. I have seen them many times. I have seen the Earth from space, and spun it around like a god to see what’s on the other side. We are the only consciousness we’ve ever found that has looked deep into the infinite dark, and instead of dark, we saw galaxies. Galaxies! Suns and worlds beyond number. We have looked into our world and found atoms, atomic forces, systems that dance to the glorious music of the universe. We have seen actual wonders that verge on the ineffable. We have coined a word for the ineffable. We have coined thousands of words for the ineffable. In our pain we find a kind of magic, in our worst and meanest specimens we find the flesh of a common human story. We are red with it.
I know mysteries that great philosophers would have died for, just to have them whispered in their dying ears. I can look them up on my smartphone. I live in the middle of miracles, conceptions and magics easily worth many lifetimes to learn, from which I can pick and choose. I have wisdom and knowledge poured around me like a river, more than I could learn in a thousand lifetimes, and I am still alive. It is good that I am alive, it is good that we are alive. Even if we kill ourselves off with nuclear fire, or gray goo, or drown ourselves in stinking acid oceans, it is good that we have lived, that we did all of this, and that we grew into what we are, and learned to dream of what we could be. The only thing we can say for sure is that we will die, but we will die having gone so far above our primordial ponds and primate forests that we saw the tops of clouds.
Earth is the ultimate ocean planet (that we know of), but it turns out that our solar system has water in some surprising places, with five ocean-bearing moons and potentially several more worlds with their own oceans.
There are signs that Mars and Venus once had oceans, but something catastrophic may have wiped them out. Earth’s natural force field – our magnetosphere – acts like shield against the erosive force of the solar wind.
3. Earth, the Original Ocean World
The search for life beyond Earth relies, in large part, on understanding our home planet. Among the newest Earth ocean explorers us the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS–a constellation of microsatellites that will make detailed measurements of wind speeds over Earth’s oceans to help understand hurricanes. The spacecraft have moved into their science operations phase.
Scientists expected Saturn’s moon Enceladus to be a tiny, solid chunk of ice and rock. But, not long after arriving at Saturn, our Cassini spacecraft made a series of incremental discoveries, eventually confirming that a global subsurface ocean is venting into space, with signs of hydrothermal activity.
6. Why Ocean Worlds Matter
“The question of whether or not life exists beyond Earth, the question of whether or not biology works beyond our home planet, is one of humanity’s oldest and yet unanswered questions. And for the first time in the history of humanity, we have the tools and technology and capability to potentially answer this question. And, we know where to go to find it. Jupiter’s ocean world Europa.” - Kevin Hand, NASA Astrobiologist
7. More Alien Oceans
Scientists think Jupiter’s giant moons Ganymede and Callisto also hide oceans beneath their surfaces. Elsewhere in the solar system, scientists hope to look for hidden oceans on far-flung worlds from Ceres in the main asteroid belt to Pluto in the Kuiper Belt.
Saturn’s moon Titan not only has liquid hydrocarbon seas on its surface. It also shows signs of a global, subsurface saltwater ocean–making the giant moon a place to possibly look for life as we know it and life as we don’t know it … yet.
We invite everyone to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by virtually adopting a piece of Earth as seen from space. Your personalized adoption certificate will feature data from our Earth-observing satellites for a randomly assigned location, much of it ocean (it is 70 percent of the Earth’s surface after all!). Print it and share it, then explore other locations with our interactive map and get even more Earth science data from NASA’s Worldview website.
The moon waxes and wanes from the point of view of earth, but when seen from the perspective of space it is always full. It is only “point of view” that creates partiality. In the same way, the reality of our deepest nature is always divine. It is not divine in seed form, like a tree waiting to grow from a seed, but fully developed, right now.
Melbourne seen from the International Space Station at night reveals its young history. Unlike the winding streets in older European cities, Melbourne’s streetlights follow a more planned grid system. Established in 1835 around the natural bay of Port Phillip Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria in Australia.
Maybe he had feelings for Lena and she didn’t reciprocate because that girl gayness can be seen from outer space
Nothing on this earth or the other 7 new found planets can get on this heterosexual nonsense
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@monotype-on-phantom, throwing you a cookie, because I’ve often saw you say that you firmly believe in Danny deserving to be happy (so do I).
Maybe he wasn’t working
Maybe he wasn’t the
smartest guy around due to a poor school career.
And maybe he never managed
to get into a dedicated college or university.
But damn it, he
still did it regardless of what teachers and experts thought.
voice to his left rose Danny from his own gleeful thoughts, bringing
him back to reality. “The team is ready.”
A smile graced the young
adult’s lips and he looked down at the console in front of him. It
wasn’t a NASA space shuttle, or any other government-founded
machinery, but it still did what he wanted out of it.
Namely, getting him into
space to complete a mission for NASA
after they realized what and where he could go.
After a quick press of
buttons, Danny nodded his head and glanced at the person sitting next
to him. The guy, about fifteen or twenty years older than him, looked
nervous to be under the command of someone so young. Yet his
professionalism refrained him from questioning everything his
After all, the Fentons had
built the ship they were all standing in. And the Fentons had also
built the technology that had carried them where they were without
having to spend years traveling through space. Surely, they knew what
they were doing.
Danny spoke into the small headset he wore almost all the time while
on the job. “We will be at the coordinates in… about five
minutes. Make sure everything is ready to be unloaded, hooked up and
stable. I don’t want to have to explain why we lost expensive
equipment during our first mission here.”
There was a chorus of
'yes, sir’, 'copy that’ and 'understood’, and Danny felt himself
relax against his seat even if there was no real gravity to pull him
down against it. He took a deep breath, holding it for a few seconds,
then released it slowly.
“Isn’t it beautiful?”
he asked suddenly, casting his eyes out of the large window panel.
“I’ve seen it before, but… it never stops to amaze me.”
Danny felt his companion
shift into the seat next to him and hum in contemplation. “Indeed
it is, Captain,” he replied with awe filling his voice. “I’ve
seen the Earth from orbit, and the moon from space, but this… yes.
I can see why it’s so beautiful.”
The moment of silence
lasted for several seconds until Danny started to laugh. It was a
joyful sound that was carried through the communication line and to
everyone that was listening in. The happiness was contagious and soon
his mirth was accompanied by amused chuckles and excited whispers.
No one would bother stop
that until they reached their destination.
Doctor Who AU featuring Park Jinyoung as The Doctor.
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You ducked down behind some boxes clutching your knees to your chest. Tears of fear welled up in your eyes clouding your vision. You sent out a silent prayer in hopes they wouldn’t find you.
They were getting closer, there evil robotic cry sounding as if it were only a few feet from you now. They were coming.
You buried your face into your arms trying to figure out a way out, but none seemed to appear. You could see no way out. “Doctor,” you whispered at the pocket watch hanging around your neck. “Where are you?”
Astronauts on the International Space Station captured a series of incredible star trail images on Oct. 3, 2016, as they orbited at 17,500 miles per hour. The station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, and astronauts aboard see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.