I am not going to hit you with the whole ‘Carl Sagan’ apocalyptic ‘End of the World’ post today. I can hear the huge collective sigh of relief even as I sit here in Costa Coffee, re-reading the post I submitted yesterday.
Most of what I posted yesterday with regard to the two Voyagers and the Rovers on Mars, was what I intended to the write about in the first place. Alas, because of my current ‘troubled’ state of mind and as you could probably surmise by my choice of the accompanying ‘wacky’ picture and caption, I had what one could only describe as an ‘editorial disagreement’ with someone I truly do respect.
‘ . . . . they said try to do some Creative Writing . . . . it will help you to express your feelings . . .
So I did.
Avoid any subjects that make you feel sad; stir up negative thoughts; you need to start concentrating on subjects that lift your spirits and perhaps creating a blog could be a way of sharing your thoughts with a wider audience.
Following on from my earlier post and alluding to the “Christmas Lecture” that Carl Sagan delivered in 1977, I am posting a link to the last lecture of the series.
It is at the end of this lecture, that Carl Sagan produces the dandelion and then proceeds to blow the seeds into the auditorium, as a metaphor for humanity sending his robotic emissaries to explore the Solar System and beyond.
On August 20th 1977, after years of planning and an amazing deduction by some very clever scientists at NASA using the science of orbital mechanics, that if they could launch a pair of robotic spacecraft within a precise timeframe, they would have a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the outer Solar System. This was due to alignments of the outer planets and the possibilities to use their vast gravitational forces, as extra ‘fuel’ in the form of a slingshot effect, to reach between them, almost all the great outer planets and relay back photographs and scientific data previously unknown to us.
. . . . it’s cold, grey and miserable out there. January is just like a long hangover after the party. So, sod it! I am sitting in Costa-Coffee listening to my favourite Barrister Toni entertaining the good folk of Canterbury like he always does, whilst I sip a mediums white Americano. His banter and wit is like a solitary ray of sunshine piercing the endless expanse of grey outside of this window . . . . .
It was a simpler time — an era when the hearts of Americans were stirred as they heard the voices of their nation’s astronauts reading Scripture to the world from outer space. On December 23 of this year one of those astronauts, James Lovell, Command Module pilot of Apollo 8, recalled th…
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Forty Five years have elapsed since Apollo 8 and its three-man crew – Frank Borman (commander), Jim Lovell and William Anders – became the first three humans to break free of Earth orbit and set sail towards our Moon.
This was a bold and untried adventure, venturing further from Earth than any humans had before. Apollo 8 had been originally intended to be the first full up test of a man rated Saturn V launch vehicle, taking with it a Lunar Module and carry out a full test of the Apollo Command Module, Service Module and Lunar Module in Earth orbit.