Friday, 21 August 2015
A glimpse into the near, mid and distant future
You know how I keep sharing tidbits here and raving that you need to watch/read them? This is one of those times, but cranked all the way up to 11 (I know, I'm sorry).
This isn't about should watch, this is about need to.
For the impatient ones, jump straight into the action here when you have four hours to invest (there are five pages, each getting increasingly better): http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/08/how-and-why-spacex-will-colonize-mars.html/1
Whoa, you're saying, you don't have time for that! Then I'm sorry that you're going to miss the most mind-expanding opportunity I've had in years.
This is only about appreciating the fragility of life, the development of spaceflight, the ridiculously awesome things that SpaceX is doing, and what ensuring the survival of the human species as a spacefaring community will entail.
All of this is delivered in exquisite detail, with witty humour and incredibly moving videos (ranging from 30 second clips to entire 25 documentaries). In fact, just when you're already suffering from information over-load, I beg you to click on the little blue footnote icons throughout the text ... some are just short comments, but others are entire sidebar stories crammed into this little box of awesomeness.
Enough, stop wasting your time here ... go read it. Go blow your mind. Get ready for the future. When they announce that SpaceX has successfully managed to land one of its rockets back on that floating platform (which is expected to still happen THIS YEAR), you'll at least know exactly why that's important.
I had no idea. Now at least I have an inkling, and it is... beyond inspirational, it's actually extremely humbling.