Dust In The Darkness

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Somewhere in there…

 

⇒Scope. “…the opportunity or possibility to do or deal with something.” To understand the scope or where our place is in the vacuum seems a task disproportionately inappropriate to reality. The vast emptiness is inspiring to all types: explorers, dreamers, naysayers, innovators, futurists, writers.

⇒The deep dark is an endless playground, but it is wild and untamed. Space will always be as beautiful as it is unforgiving. Once the tools are available, only imagination and drive will limit future endeavors. When our future leads us to be separated by light years instead of miles, when do we as a species begin to develop away from each other?

⇒When humans that decide on Alpha Centauri as their new future split among those who choose to push for Sirius, Canis Majoris, what happens to their evolution? Furthermore, the one’s who want to remain in our home Sol system and split among the quiet vast space between Earth and Ganymede, what does that do to future differences? Light delay and distance will become an undeniable shortcoming in information sharing and tribal mentality. Unless there are some serious advancements in quantum entanglement, which I’m sure there will be, then there will be a dangerous undertaking in projecting a sense of responsibility for the future of our species.

⇒When it comes down to it, it is looking more and more likely, lest we destroy ourselves first, that we are the aliens we make so many entertainment shows about. What we do with the realization that we could very well be the first interplanetary species and how we handle that will shape the entirety of our galaxy, and eventually our universe; perhaps, multiple universes.

 

Enviable(?) Future

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⇒The latest in ‘wish I could be alive in 100 years’ comes in the latest addition to these possibly habitable (or at least as close as we have) exoplanets within that 50 light year mark. We can only imagine what it is going to be like for the first human colony to traverse between solar systems. For some (maybe most) never seeing the destination only harboring the safety of future colonists that would arrive. So many questions come with such a ‘generation ship‘ as it could be called. Would the individuals born and raised in the black, outside the solar system, have any affinity left for Earth? Would they care because they were told to care? How could they? Being so far from what they would have only heard about in stories and and speculation from their parents and peers, what connection would they have left to what was left behind?

⇒Resentment? Who are we to doom future children into the depths of what can only be described as a cold, dark, never-ending night? Could we trust 5 decade old robots to the task and be patient enough to wait for any contact 10 decades later? No. As a race there have always been explorers to risk their own lives and their future generations into the unknown. We are nothing if not determined to spread across whichever expanse we deem worthwhile. That does not mean that the humans that arrive at the destination are the same humans as they left behind.

We Must Answer the Call the Stars are Making.

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⇒Just as recent as five years ago there were thoughts and theories that were only dreams and wishes. These wishes and dreams and thoughts and theories have not only come true, but become more than even the dreamers have thought they could be. Another fantastic landing from, who could only be called a visionary,  Elon Musk and team SpaceX. The Paypal founder is a busy man with creations of tunnels, space endeavors, solar missions, and automation. It is an awesome time to be an observer to fantastic feats of scientific progress, even through times when not everyone seems to be on the same page as to what science and progress can bring us. Being stuck in the past is not the way forward and not the future I want my children to be stuck with. I want their future, and everyone else’s, to consist of mystery and exploration, discovery and progress, and a healthy home where everyone on the surface can have clean air to breathe. I can only thank the leaders and doers putting themselves in positions to bring these dreams to life from a distance, but thank them I will.

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Risks are being taken again in the call for progression and exploration. We will find what it takes to set foot off of our home planet not for moments and days, but for good. There is no foreseeable future that comes with staying where we are, that is only disaster. The urge to push forward into uncharted territory is truly what will define us and what has always defined us. Throughout history there has always been names that have seemed to push the entire human race forward on only their vision and determination, for better or ill. We are most definitely in one of those moments in history right now.

20,000 Leagues of Orbit

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⇒What would it mean to reestablish the Ninth vector course orbit of the Sol proprietor of our solar corner of the cosmos? Not much, probably. There is nothing more that can be done that hasn’t already been done by its mere existence. Unless it is an alien intruder as has been speculated before, then the question certainly would be from which neighbor, or who? Much like the continued theorists of Spheres, there also has to be a sense of curiosity aroused when dealing with a near supernatural darkness as far out as numero Nine is claimed to be. Bring out that inner astronomer and find this thing, as has been requested, but don’t expect me to call it anything else besides the Tenth! Long live Pluto!

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⇒Closer to home in the salt mines of the system comes an organic splash on a rock. Ceres has turned out to be a visual mystery, unlike Venus who hides her secrets beneath a yellow orange cloak, we can see all Ceres has to offer and still can’t figure it out.

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⇒All this and I still have this unkempt fear that a rogue black hole is going to wipe us out at any moment. Can’t shoot that shit down!

Immortally Immoral, For the Best

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One can dream.

⇒Will there be a time in the next 100-1000-10000 years that are going to be full of as many discoveries as there are now? Especially when we have already reached the point of considering the possibility of agelessness as it seems we are teetering on the edge of, which is nearly impossible to believe. Sure, anything like that is while off, or is it?

⇒The last couple centuries have seen us from horse and carriage, to our own machines coexisting with us that will do nearly anything we can imagine, to launching an intergalactic spaceship to check out our nearest galaxy neighbors. Let us not forget our creation of a hive mind globally circulating the world and orbit or physically (read robotically) flyby of even our furthest neighborhood planets with the King of the Kuiper. Being on the brink of colonizing not only the Moon and Mars yet also the possibility of even extending our reach into the moons held by Jupiter, the Father of Gods.

⇒Scientific progression and discovery has not only been driven by need, but by curiosity and desire. Some argue the fact that we haven’t been to the bottom of the ocean, fed all the people, dropped all the religious war bullshit as a counterpoint to exploring all of these new found territories. Yet, there is a pipe-dream that emanates from that idea. Those issues will ALWAYS exist, no matter where we go as a race there will be a continued difference of opinion on just how to exist. There will never be an end to war, famine, or greed. Yet, I have to say that how we cope with all of that which STILL exists and continue to make giant leaps of scientific movement leaves me nothing if not, hopeful.