Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Universe is Full of Life....

I read a short blurb on that a team of astrobiologist at University College London found a sugar, glycolaldehyde, at a place in our galaxy which could prove that this particular molecule, which could be crucial to creating life, may be more widespread than originally believed.

This is an example of why I want to scream, yell and stamp my feet. Here is something that hints, just hints mind you, of the potential of life in the universe outside our spherical drop of water floating somewhere in the ocean of space; yet the science community blows off science fiction as mere dreams of fancy that aren’t founded in science.

Science fiction is to entertain, excite, and spark conversation about a future we all are heading toward whether we like it our not. Our society, and the world in general is becoming a resemblance of Quakers, not wanting to change, and deathly afraid of embracing new science and new technology. Nasa has returned to technology from the 50’s and 60’s in its attempt to return to the moon. Why is this? Why haven’t we advanced our technological knowhow by 50 years?

When the golden age of science fiction was writing about bug eyed monsters, and man traveling to the stars. We invented the technology to go to the moon. Kids dreamt of going to the stars in their lifetimes. When hard science came in and said “we can write stories and make them scientifically correct,” it effectively killed science fiction as a medium, although the death has been long and painful, and it killed the dreams of going to the stars. Maybe aliens are among us here on Earth, and they don’t want us to reach the stars, what better way to stifle space exploration.

You can look but don’t touch!

1 comment:

attrezzo p said...

The rocket technology of the 50s was incredibly efficient for it's time. Just because the proposed new moon vehicles LOOK like spacecraft from the 50s, they'll be constructed of materials not even imagined back then.
Metal alloys, (titanium, aluminum, etc) Plastics, and even the construction methods to create them (3d printing and cnc machines) are far beyond what was available at that time. This craft will be constructed with the highest spacing tolerances and on some areas will this will be accurate to the .001mm!!!! In the fifties this was an unimaginable feat.
That's all setting aside the computer systems. The craft could fly itself better than the 50's human astronaut could eve hope to.

We're lightyears ahead of 50s technology in reference to space flight. You're seeing a side-effect of the fundamental solution they found to space-flight. To reach orbit you need an arrow and a CRAPTON of fuel. Space-ships that have to escape gravity don't look like airplanes, they look like missiles. That is, until we find either a INSANELY dense and abundant source of energy that is also lightweight... but E=mc2 so that's going to be trouble. (Think antimatter) OR until we discover some way of directly counteracting gravity (anti-gravity).
Both things we're not even sure are possible, certainly anti-gravity.