December 8, 2012
Space: The Naked Side Of Intelligence
Our attention is consistently diverted to grasslands and breakthroughs in biological lifeforms mostly, but what of the wonders of space and beyond?
Humanity’s amount of discoveries on the planet Earth is still dwarfed in comparison to how much there actually is on this planet. How do I know? Because like the cave bat, there is an entirely different way of conceiving this planet than how we normally understand with our own two eyes.
Call it my own intuition, or fate even.
The universe is huge and uncharted – trillions, billions and millions are only numbers. No more important to you and I than the numbers 10, 100 and 1,000. So how vast is it exactly? So vast that NASA shut down one of their facilities – the reason being that they realized that no matter how long humanity will continue to exist on this planet, we will never understand EVERYTHING. This only outlines just how desperate we are for knowledge: When we realize that we can never truly understand all of it, we cease our tendency to try.
Maybe in the distant future we can find some mineral or form of energy fusion that would dwarf the industrial revolution and give us the tools we need to keep exploring. Until then, we’re left to the ocean.
You get my point though – huge and vast amount of space to be researched and understood. My imagination dwells on the thought of another species reaching out to us!
Wouldn’t it be remarkable if there lived in one of the farthest reaches of our galaxy, a population of billions of tiny creatures that communicate with each other through musical harmony? They can wear funny hats and speak in high pitched voices due to their tiny structure. They can manufacture contraptions that younger generations of their kind can play with for fun and sport-and in the latter measurements of their years they can work tirelessly to make these contraptions for the younger ones.
We’ll call them elves.
All jokes aside it looks like scientists have something to parade and cheer about: Voyager 1, which was launched 35 years ago, has finally reached what astronomers call a “Magnetic Highway Exit” out of our Solar System. Just to shed some light on the amount of time and space that objects and even people would have to travel just to reach the edge of our solar system!
But yes, Voyager 1 was created to view the planets farther away from Earth and towards the end of the Milky Way. And in the 35 years that have elapsed in that time period, we have learned much about the Jovian planets; Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto, Venus and Your Anus(Grow Up). Keep in mind that Voyager only hit the outer sphere of our solar system back in 2004 and still has a few months to go before it completely leaves.
I wasn’t alive when the Voyager was first launched, but I can only imagine the happiness and excitement that the world must have felt-Seeing all that metal with the American flag shoot out of our atmosphere. According to our friend Marshal Brain, it only takes two minutes. And our little Voyager took 35 years just to get out of our little bubble. I can only imagine what the next 100 years will be like for humanity and scientists alike to understand.
Let me know what ya think in the comments!!!
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