Sometimes I Wonder…
Sometimes I wonder about the size of the universe. The Universe is so big that it’s almost impossible to conceive. But even if we downsize and explore the size of our own galaxy or even just our own solar system, we realize that even those numbers are incredibly large.
You’d have to travel one light year from Earth to exit our solar system. You’d have to travel another 3.2 light years to get to the next nearest star, Proxima Centauri. The Milky Way galaxy has about 200 to 400 BILLION stars and almost as many planets, with about 10-20 billion of those being Earth-sized with 4.5 billion of those planets being Earth-like. There are about 500 BILLION known galaxies in the Universe. There may be as many as 300 sextillion (300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) stars in the sky.
Voyager 1 has traveled further than any man mad object in history. It has been in flight for 35 years and 6 months and it has just entered the heliosphere. Voyager 1 is 18,476,579,877 KM from Earth or 0.00195301775 light years out. If it travels for another 40,000 years, it will get withing 1.6 light years of another star, AC+79 3888 and no where near the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.
Happy Friday, y’all.
getting men in space was great and a huge milestone in human achievement but let’s not forget it was all working towards nuking Moscow from the shitcocking moon
farthest thing from the truth? yeah i think so
The Pentagon has openly admitted that space is “the ultimate tactical high ground” and NASA receives military budget money thanks for playing
NASA was founded as a response to the Russian satelite and space program which we perceived to be used to spy on Americans, which it probably was.
Furthermore, the CIA+Military+NASA orgy has gone on for a long, long time. The U-2 plane, for example, was used to conduct long-flight recon missions over the USSR and when it was shot down in Russia, NASA used the cover of “weather research” and issued fake photos of the plane and fake details of the “weather experiments”.
After Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union during a CIA spy flight on May 1, 1960, NASA issued a press release with a cover story about a U-2 conducting weather research that may have strayed off course after the pilot reported difficulties with his oxygen equipment. To bolster the cover-up, a U-2 was quickly painted in NASA markings, with a fictitious NASA serial number, and put on display for the news media at the NASA Flight Research Center.
The U-2 cover story in 1956 was that it was an NACA plane to conduct high-altitude weather research. But various observers doubted this story from the beginning. Certainly the Soviets did not believe it once the aircraft began overflying their territory. The NASA cover story quickly blew up in the agency’s face when both Gary Powers and aircraft wreckage were displayed by the Soviet Union, proving that it was a reconnaissance aircraft. This caused embarrassment for several top NASA officials.
So NASA is making Gangnam Style parodies?
Your tax-dollars at work, I guess.
NASA is a drop in the bucket when it comes to the budget and is arguably not that bad of an investment.
It’s still public investment of private capital that’s taken as tax revenues through force.
There’s something very odd and unexplained about how many libertarians love NASA considering NASA is a quasi-military arm that was founded to both spy on other nations and defeat the Russians during the Cold War. Pretty much, everything that libertarians should hate (taxation, Nationalism, espionage and war).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m also guilty of loving NASA for no explicable reason. It probably goes against every single one of my principles, and yet, here we are. Something about space and the unknown and advancement of technology and all that gibberish.
Personally, so long as everyone’s dumb enough to keep supporting a gov’t, I’d rather we dump money into NASA than into Social Security, Medicare, Wars, Bailouts, and so on. If NASA was the final chip to be broken off the monolith that is government, I wouldn’t complain.
Then again, I’d never advocate for the establishment of NASA, but as long as it’s here and as long as people are ignorant enough to ask for taxation, I’d rather we flush it down NASA’s drain than any other destructive shit hole these silly politicians can dig up.