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Curiosity Killed the Cat. Luckily, the Cat Had Nine Lives

How awesome was it that America sent a car-sized rover to Mars?

Wait, you didn’t’ hear about it? Liar. It was everywhere, and not since the last shuttle launch or when the Challenger disaster occurred (which I don’t remember but was alive for) has there been this type of coverage for a NASA project.

Think about it. A car-sized rover was launched. In to space. To land on Mars. And not just any part part, but a specific part of the Red Planet.

I don’t know what the equivalent would be to properly correlate something of this nature, but I must say it is fucking awesome.

I once wrote about how the ending of the Space Shuttle program spelled the inevitable doom for this country. No, not Harry Potter or the gays are out downfall as society, but our demonizing of education and ignorance toward science have seemingly limited our ability to dream as  country and connect as people.

Then, we landed on Mars with the largest rover to date.

And it is named Curiosity, of Mars Science Laboratory officially. But think about that name. It packs so much in it for who we are as people. For too long we looked at the sky, and said the moon was enough. It wasn’t and it never should be.

We even look to the mysteries of subatomic particles to see how we can better understand our world, and ourselves. The hunt for the Higgs Boson isn’t over, even though compelling evidence has shown itself for the first time since the particle’s existence was proposed.

I don’t know when contentment will kick in my mind. That some day I will just say, “This is good enough.”

But programs like the Large Hadron Collider and the Mars Science Laboratory leave me in hope that even though I may seem contentment personally, someday, that human race will never give up hope at being better and more knowledgeable than it ever was.

Ending of Space Shuttle Program Proof of America’s Decline

I cannot think of a better ending to the Space Shuttle Program. Oh, wait, yes I can.

See You Space Cowboy

It would be that it never ended.

Today was the last launch of the last of the Space Shuttles. The wires, hot plates, engines, metal and brawn that went into the creation of this angelic behemoths is something of legendary status. Atlantis had the honor of streaking through the sky, hurling itself into orbit as exclamation point on a program that has done so much for American society.

Yet, this is the end of the program. It did have to end at some point, well at least this iteration of it had to end. The shuttles were beginning to show age, and the instruments and technology was getting a little behind the curve. I mean, the technology used is far advanced from anything we use in the consumer world of technology, but shouldn’t the shuttles be using holographic control systems or start looking like a Star Destroyer?

In the 1930s to let’s say the 1980s, we had a kick in the science. Why? Because we were competing with those dickhead Nazis and those crazy Russians throughout all those years. We had innovate and invent ways to be better than them. Early on, the inventions were used for war, then as the Cold War progressed, science and technology was invented in case we went to war.

But the NASA and other Space Program endeavors within the United States were created to defeat those pesky Russians in another area. The scientific advancement of our society.

Then something changed. We no longer had to defeat anybody in anything. America was No. 1 and everyone else sucked. Everyone had to learn English and we had to make up wars just so we could show off our new technology that kills people.

The thing that saddens me the most, is that with the proposed cuts the GOP has presented, Space Exploration could be a thing of the past. It could be a story I tell my children about one day. About how man flew into the heavens and continued to explore the unknown. About how our feeble little minds and tiny little bodies created machines and vehicles that allowed to travel and exist thousands and thousands and thousands of miles into the sky.

It could be the stuff of legends for my children.

Our ingenuity is what set us apart as a Nation. Many people will say it is our work hard mentality, or it is our roughness. Some will say it is our military mindset and world political prowess. But I believe is has more to do with our minds and willingness to stare at the void of space and say, “How do we get there?”

We no longer care about progress. We no longer care about ingenuity. We no longer care about extending a program that brought more understanding of our universe, of ourselves.

We care about the bottom line. We care about taxes. We care about being the ones who are right, as opposed to doing the right thing.

We have become too complacent. Our complacency is what shows our decline as a world leader more than anything else.

I can’t think of a better observation than our willingness to just say, “Yeah, we don’t need to go to Space anymore. I mean, Earth is all we need to know.”

 

I hate this story

There once was a tiger striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, revived and lived a million lives, and he was owned by various people who he didn’t really care for. The cat wasn’t afraid to die. Then one day the cat became a stray cat, which meant he was free. He met a white female cat, and the two of them spent their days together happily. Well, years passed, and the white cat grew weak and died of old age. The tiger striped cat cried a million times, and then he died too. Except this time, he didn’t come back to life.

One-way ticket to Mars

Scientist have recently proposed a solution to deep space travel. Just don’t come back.

The argument makes sense. Space exploration is too costly? Well, cut the price extensively by telling the astronauts, “Hey, so about that coming home thing…”

The idea is to send older astronauts, an idea that calls to John Sclazi’s “Old Man’s War,” who would not have their reproductive organs affected any radiation, because people in their 60s don’t have babies. At least they shouldn’t be having babies.

But I love this idea. If I could, I would sign up for a one-way trip to Mars.

See, we have existed on Earth for so long (and in actual time of the universe not that long at all) and our societies have evolved so greatly, we look around and say, “What left is there to explore?”

With the world shrinking due to technological advances within society, we don’t have to wonder what Iran looks like on day-to-day basis. I have seen the Gobi and Sahara thanks to the Discovery Channel. Luckily for me, I still stare in amazement at most things I have never actually seen in person. Most people though, walk around in this daze, missing out on the world they exist in daily. And why?

We take for granted what we have here. We no longer have a sense of exploration, an urge to look beyond what we know. We just read books by dead authors or tout opinions fabricated from someone else’s perspective.

This idea of a one-way trip to Mars is horrifying, just like any trip that explores new realms. Space exploration, along with deepsea exploration, is one of man’s final physical frontiers.

We can’t point out the difficulties and simply say, “Well there goes that idea.”

We fix the problems. We achieve new technology, we invent, we progress. Without the Moon missions, common technology today would hardly exist in the capacity it does. Think about the unintended benefits of deep space travel. The unimagined possibilities is what we use to dream about in this country.

In today’s world, we nonchalantly canter about thinking we know everything. And if we don’t know about it, someone else on the Internet does. And we become lazy. Our dreams become of frivolous things. We focus on the mundane and pedestrian. We glorify normal and ignore excellence. Our mentality is, “I am number one. And I don’t need any reason to explain that anyone.”

But the men and women who would go through this endeavor would make the world realize that we are one people. We have Earth, and we can go elsewhere that we never thought possible. We can be excellent, and truly be that, not just our own definition of what that word means.

The choice is difficult to accept deep space travel as a one-way ticket. It could be a bust. It could never work and we could leave people stranded on a planet that has not even one Starbucks.

We could also advance our civilization to a level never seen. The technological discoveries to accomplish this task could cure diseases or make microwaves that much better. We have much more to gain from even just attempting missions of this nature as opposed to snuffing them out before preliminary phases begin.

So, let’s look beyond what we know here. Let’s look beyond the Moon. Let’s be the creatures we are, and never stop exploring.

NASA to receive more funding, I am booking my flight to the Moon

So, those defectors from the U.S. program, most notably my friend who continues to point out that India found water on the Moon first, will be most pleased to see that Obama wants to spill more money into NASA.

First, India sucks.

Secondly, the program is going to drop the Ares I project.

Thirdly, a space program is awesome and we need it.

Fourthly, I wonder if I can make it to sixthly?

Fifthly, with this funding I hope we will continue to progress science and space exploration so that we have manned missions to Mars in my lifetime.

Sixthly, yes.

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