Awe-inspiring glimpse into the makings of the universe. When you think in “geologic time”, the human race really is a flash in the pan, isn’t it?
When I first saw these never-before-seen time-lapse videos—captured over the course of 14 years by the Hubble Space Telescope—I just couldnt believe my eyes. Hubble photos can be beautiful, but these videos just left me speechless.
The videos show stellar jets firing at 440,000 miles 770,000 kilometers an hour. Stellar jets are a product of the creation of stars, something that happened to our very own Sun about 4.5 billion years ago.
What’s up with NASA’s announcement that they wanna go back to the Moon? We haven’t been there in ages…we stopped sending missions there for some reason, which I’ve never quite understood. But is NASA really ready to begin planning this thing? They’ve gotten so fat and lazy with the program over the past few years that innovation and safety have suffered, which does not give me much confidence in the agency, esepcially when it comes to something like exploring the Moon. But above all that, NASA’s budget has been so overblown that everything seems to cost three times what it should. Remember when they were talking about sending a mission to Mars? They projected it would cost $400 billion or some such outrageous amount. If I recall correctly, an innovative team of civilian scientists worked out a plan which would get a team to Mars for less than a quarter of that amount, if they had the funding. (I think I read this in Wired or Popular Mechanics a coulpe of years ago.) And with the success of last year’s SpaceShipOne, I wouldn’t be surprised if civilians plunked someone down on the Moon before NASA even had their spacecraft built.
At any rate, NASA’s hoping to put this scheme into action by 2018, so they’ve got plenty of time to improve…but I’m still skeptical. It’s particularly snortworhy when they call this ambitious new project “Apollo on steroids.” Uh-huh.
The FAA has decided that sky-obscuring advertisements in space are probably a bad idea. I’m glad someone’s taking a stand against this, even though the FAA doesn’t have the ability to actually ban it. It kinda sounds far-out or impossible, but don’t put it past marketing people to try something like this. If Coca-Cola or Nike could get away with burning a mile-wide logo into the surface of the Moon, they absolutely would!