Monday, December 2, 2013

To Outer Space

Calvert City, Kentucky – Yesterday, China, once a nation which seemed frozen in time, sent Chang’e-3 lunar lander and Yutu rover to the moon. It will be the first unmanned landing on the moon in nearly forty years.

On their way to Mars right now are two unmanned ships, one from America, another from India. A study has begun to make a sort of PayPal for the universe, a galactic form of payment, usable on all planets. Recently I saw for the first time a commercial for private space-travel, the company even has a catchphrase, “Let us help you make your dreams come true.”
All those years ago, when Galileo pointed a ship’s spyglass at the stars, it is impossible to believe he ever thought it would become this. A spaceport America is already being built, possibly to be done by next year, to send man beyond the atmosphere.
Built for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, it is costing nearly 300,000,000. Not too long ago, as measured by the grand scope of human history, mankind still thought the earth was the center of the solar system, it was only after they understood that they did not understand, that they could begin to explore.
Of course, the time lines could be off, and it might still be another decade before Spaceport America becomes functional. Things could happen, there could be complications. Yet it appears that man could soon begin to explore the planets near him. An unmanned craft has already left the solar system. Things are being prepared to move on mars. Man is finally realizing a dream Adam must have had. To walk among the stars.
Andrew C. Abbott

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