Aloha kākou. We’re back in Space! Today’s successful launch was a return to America’s exploration into the Heavens. It’s something that I have been praying and hoping for a return of NASA. It looks like SpaceX will be the answer to restarting the Space Industry after the Communist Chinese Pandemic. I can’t think of a better way to reboot the economy than the businesses that will spin-off from today’s event.
I remember the movie “2001 A Space Odyssey” that showed the space pilots touch screen control consoles in the movie that was filmed back in 1968. It is truly remarkable how the science fiction has become science fact. It is a vision of the future that brings the promise of prosperity and advancements in our quality of life.
For years the space industry was a military only complex. The only commercial industries were spin-offs of the early NASA third party participants. The Texas Industries handheld calculator was one of those commercial products that came from the earlier NASA space flights. Fasteners, transistors, Teflon, freeze dried foods, Tang, and many other products we take for granted today were developed commercially from the NASA space industry.
View of the future from the past. The astonishing vision of Arthur C. Clarke 1951 short story “The Sentinel”, and Stanley Kubrick’s imagination has finally come together. Now all we need is a Space Station with artificial gravity and a commercial operating colony on the Moon. I believe that is more than achievable today than ever before. We have the innovators, the visionaries, and a President determined to see this become a reality.
AMERICA IS BACK IN SPACE
After years of languishing on the launch pad, NASA is back in orbit with help from SpaceX, a commercial private company of Elon Musk. Today’s launch of SpaceX Dragon was successful. The Spaceship named Dragon is capable of carrying 7 people including cargo. It also can return back to Earth with a full cargo load. This is the first Commercially Private Spacecraft to take humans to the International Space Station.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., trading as SpaceX, is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars.
NASA was in decline because of the policies of Barry the Bullshitter Obama that tried and failed to change NASA into a muslim outreach program. That half-breed Kenyan nearly destroyed NASA. Thanks to President Trump, NASA is having a successful return into space with commercial interests included to help design a whole new industry. Jobs and more jobs are on the agenda. New industries and ventures are on the horizon. New innovations, inventions, technologies, medical discoveries and wonders that are waiting to be discovered.
One of the SpaceX innovations is the Space Suit. It looks like something out of Star Trek, but many inventions did come from Star Trek. The Dragon Space Ship is an incredible design that includes touch screen control panels. I wonder how the keep the screens clean. I have a touch screen on my laptop, but I disabled it because I find it too hard to clean and it doesn’t really work that well. Here the systems look really high tech and modern.
I had to laugh when I heard the launch commander wish the two Astronauts “Godspeed Bob and Doug” at launch. Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are heroes in my opinion. When I hear the names, “Bob and Doug”, I’m reminded of the two Molson drinking Canadians comics known as Bob and Doug McKenzie”. But I digress.
The names SpaceX uses for the ships and landing pads are equally as entertaining. Late last month, SpaceX’s billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that he had named the company’s first spaceport drone ship “Just Read the Instructions.” The second autonomous boat, which is under construction, will be called “Of Course I Still Love You,” Musk added. The robotic ships that serve as landing platforms for SpaceX rockets are named after the legendary SciFi author Iain Menzies Banks.
“‘Just Read the Instructions’ and ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ are two of the sentient, planet-sized Culture Starships which first appear in Iain Menzies Banks’ ‘The Player of Games,'”. “Just as the Minds inhabiting each Culture ship choose their names with care, you have to imagine that Musk did the same here.” Obviously, Musk is inspired by SciFi in his vision of SpaceX design. It seems to be working.
It’s like watching a science fiction movie when the reusable booster rockets return for landing. Memories of childhood SciFi shows like “Fireball XL-5”. The rockets are names Falcon after the Star Wars spaceship, Millennium Falcon. Dragon was named after Puff the Magic Dragon. Critics of Elon Musk’s ambitious venture are not laughing now.
The space age started in the 1950’s and accomplished historic leaps into exploration of the stars. The Moon landings were amazing. I remember glued to my black and white television when on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. He and Buzz Aldrin walked around for three hours. Since then there many more missions to the Moon. Somehow, people lost interest. The fake news media grew bored with the Moon Rover Dune Buggy and the rocks and pictures of the Earth in the distance.
I consider this a ‘Space Age Make Over’ and long overdue. The inclusion of private industry will bring an acceptance that all American’s are made of the “Right Stuff” and ready join in the adventure into space. We’re building from the small steps into the giant leaps of mankind’s destiny into greatness. We can no longer listen to the excuse that we have to fix out problems here on earth before venturing into the stars. That’s not ever going to happen to satisfy every bleeding heart liberal that’s concerned about loving each other first. We can’t be held back when there is so much potential for unity and opportunity for all nations and all people. A new course direction into the future will set the pace.
From the Great Meme Master Carpe Donktum – SpaceX American Made
The great Astrophysics and Philosopher Carl Sagan once said that we are all “Star Stuff”. Implying that we are all made from the stars, and indeed we are made from star stuff. To borrow a quote from John Masefield’s “Sea Fever”.
I must go to the stars again, to those lonely lights in the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a computer console to steer her by;
And the engines kick with roaring song, into the silence of cold deep space,
And the deep black darkness of the universe, and onto a star’s guiding light.
Our weather today started with rain and breezy trade winds. We got about 1/8 of an inch of rain overnight. The day continues with off and on rain. Temperatures are in the mid to low 70’s with humidity at 78%.
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