The Beauty of The Unknown Infinity

Did you know that the space between earth and the moon can fit every single planet in our solar system in between? That probably blows your freakin mind! Most of us grow up looking at pictures of our solar system that fits right into our text books and so we fail to really grasp the immense scale of the universe, yet alone our solar system. The universe is inconceivably, mind-bogglingly, and frustratingly big. Space is the infinite frontier. It is, and will continue to be something our species, (as natural explorers) try to conquer.

As long as we have been around, we have looked up and wondered about the stars. Today, we know a fraction more about the universe and we still continue to want to know more. Space exploration has deep roots in our culture and even deeper in our biology. We are born curious and so we will never stop exploring. The allure to the mystery of infinite space will never die from our culture and us as a species. Books, movies, classes, and much more will continue to fuel the minds of the world about space and from it advance humanity into the unknown. One day, hopefully, we really will have a U.S.S Enterprise.

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2 years ago
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The idea of a USS Enterprise (NCC-1701 type, not CVN-65 type) raises some ethical concerns for me. The idea of fully exploring space is a noble endeavor, but that requires an all volunteer crew. An all volunteer crew willing to spend the rest of their lives traveling in space. That is a hard sell for anyone.

2 years ago
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When I had first visited Washing DC, years ago, there was an interesting exhibition that had just opened in the mall. I think it was this:

http://www.voyagesolarsystem.org/exhibition/ex_default.html

It provided solid perspective about how large our solar system is, and how infinitely larger the universe must be. I'm not sure if the exhibition is still up, but it'd be worth looking into if you're ever in the area.

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2 years ago
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This obviously directly relates to what we have been discussing with Galileo and his exploration of planets and space (albeit through a telescope and not in a space ship). We are lucky that such great men that have came before us knew the value of learning about space and were also mystified enough with it to give future scientist insight on it's vastness.