Friday, August 24, 2007

"Fascinating Jim, Fascinating!"

MOG Post: 8/24/2007
Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: The Wall
Track: Is There Anybody Out There?
1979 Columbia Records

Wow! Did anybody catch this news in the paper this morning? Oddly - despite finding 'anything' I think The Univ of Minnesota has truly found something. Try and put your head around what these folks have newly put on the science table. UMN.EDU

The skies were beautiful here the other evening as I watched a 2 minute flyover of a just-separated International Space Station and STS -118. It blew me away - two huge human objects hurling across the cosmic backdrop like Venus or Jupiter. It was even better to watch the shuttle land the next morning; that little dot of light came into the Florida sunlight with 2 huge bangs and a flawless touchdown. We are getting places my friends. But in this little backwash of a galaxy, just how much bears some contemplation. Observations and combined thinking are really the next frontiers of travel - the real flight distances are just too staggering for we puny things.
I'm reminded of two quotations:

"What is it all but a worry of ants in the light of a million, million suns."
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"What is inconceivable about the universe is that it is at all conceivable."
-Albert Einstein

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