arcanelegacy: (engage)
Yesterday was the 46th Anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire.

Today is the 27th Anniversary of the Challenger explosion.

This Friday marks the 10th Anniversary of the Colombia tragedy.

I think it's safe to say that this is not a happy week for NASA.

But all is not lost, I feel. Every year around this time I tend to sit back and marvel at just how far we've come. In just over 60 years we went from our first manned flight with heavier-than-air craft to putting men on the moon. For humanity that was - literally - a giant leap. And though we have retired our space shuttles and reduced NASA's funding, since these tragedies we have put rovers on Mars - two of which even continued to function and return data long after their expected lifespans. We are discovering exoplanets at an astonishing rate. Private companies have successfully launched what may be the precursors to a whole new generation of space shuttles. We watched a man fall to earth from the very edge of space - successfully!

Though we have not returned to the moon in decades, we are not done exploring the stars. No, we are not done. And it is in part because the brave, bold, fiery spirits that inhabited all those astronauts are still here, still burning.

I salute our astronauts. I salute the brave men and women who are willing to put their lives at risk for the advancement of our species as a whole. The future is out there, and my opinion has always been that astronauts - people like Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chaffee, Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik - will be the people who push us towards it.

It is my hope that we will go back to the moon someday, and then go on to Mars and the solar system and the stars beyond our own.

And we will go there because our astronauts will make it so.

So. Life.

Aug. 26th, 2012 08:45 pm
arcanelegacy: (Coulson)
Not much to report here, sorry to say. Last week was a nightmare of unending stress and right now I'm just hoping that the stress does not carry over (and given that my phone has just decided to go all wonky, I am not currently optimistic about that).

I've been mourning Neil Armstrong right along with the rest of the scientific, space-oriented community since yesterday. I...really don't have words for my sad, other than I have it. I never really entertained the idea of becoming an astronaut - the math and science skills required were a bit beyond my comfort zones, to say nothing of my complete inability to handle spaceflight (I can't even do roller coasters, how am I supposed to survive SPACEFLIGHT) but Neil Armstrong still made me dream about putting my feet on the moon's surface someday.

He will be missed.

And my phone! It's almost a funny story. Basically the thing has a hard time with certain updates - mostly the necessary system update kind. Last time it decided to spontaneously reboot between the hours of 3 and 5 in the morning, and would inevitably shout DROID at the top of its wee little lungs until I got tired of hearing it reboot and turned it off.

Now it's doing the reboot thing again. Only this time, it's freezing with its little red Droid eye looking out at the world. I cannot turn it off. No amount of button mashing makes it respond. I can only stare at that cold, red eye.

(And hope it doesn't come to slaughter me in my sleep.)

Perseids

Aug. 12th, 2012 11:25 pm
arcanelegacy: (engage)
I will not be able to see the Perseids tonight (BECAUSE IT IS CLOUDY) and this makes me sad. Next year, I swear, I am taking the day after the Perseids peak off from work and then I am driving to the middle of nowhere (won't take much where I live, ahahahahaha) and watching them.

I'll drive as far as I have to if it's cloudy.

I suppose there will always be time-lapse photos set to awesome music to look forward to?

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