Everyone…this is why I study, self-educate & will continue to enlighten my son of the world as it actually is. This is why I remain forever awake & aware of the true spectacle of life I exist & live amongst. It’s a true shame (& quite bluntly - an embarrassment) that our technological advancements (which launched us into space & reignited our curiosity about the universe) originated out of our own blind & misguided deceit for each other, meaningless elements & resources we exploit to keep people circulating & perpetuating a system of monetary value that controls, skews, perverts & stifles the evolution of our entire species, if not planet & backyard, by arrogantly placing a claim to this biosphere we generated in & governing laws for science & the exploration of the cosmos (which doesn’t care about how we petty humans “feel’, “decide” or attempt to “know”) - money promotes stagnation. Those whom we deem “decision-makers” have been ignorantly barreling down the track on this engine of civilization, bypassing the most important understanding of life, the significance of our species in ratio to so little we’ve seen/analyzed; our true, definitive origins & the preservation of the most precious “resources” we have - our home planet & all of the abundant life, discovered & undiscovered within it. And all of our quests for knowledge, truth & solidarity.
- Rich, “sagansense”
The folks at NASA Goddard’s multimedia division have outdone themselves this time on a new video compilation which, really, shows how NASA dreams big science. Its asks the big questions of why we really explore and how important these explorations can be. It shows views of the Earth, the planets, the Sun, and the endless universe beyond. The video description says it best: “Come for the cool, stay for the music, take away a sense of wonder to share. It’s six minutes from Earth to forever, and you can see it here!”
And what will be lost if NASA is allowed to just fade away through neglect? If you live in the US, contact your Congress members and encourage them to support NASA. Currently NASA’s budget isn’t big enough to even show up as a line on a pie chart, and represents 0.46% of the US budget — less than half a penny for every dollar spent in the US, and has been relatively unchanged for 25 years.
“NASA contributes to society in massively huge ways in terms of technological, economical, and inspirational progress,” says the website Penny4NASA. “The progress that we have seen in the last 40 years comes largely from the world’s extremely talented scientists and engineers. Now, talk to most any scientist and/or engineer of the last 40 years, and we are willing to bet that they were drawn into their chosen field by something NASA related.”Check out Penny4NASA for more information and to sign a petition to ask for more funding for NASA.