I was reading an article which mentioned how China may use technology in space to ram United States’ satellites to prevent spying and GPS and whatnot activities in wartime, and I thought to myself that China could also create satellites that may act like a last resort measure in which it would project indiscriminately projectiles to all satellites in an orbit, including the ones that China operates. Why I think China can also go this route? Well, let me see, in wartime China got the number on her side, because she got 1.3 billion people to draft from for a world war. If China can sacrifice her satellites to destroy all satellites of her enemies, then why not right? After all, when all satellites become inoperable, China can use traditional warfare tactics that do not rely on satellites to win war — she got the number on her side. Of course, this is only my imagination, because I don’t know if China has ever created something like this yet. Of course, the United States can do the same, but this means such technology would force the United States to fight blind. I think the United States prefers to have her satellites operating during wartime.
China is continuing to expand her space program, and so it’s not a surprise to see China just launches a new crewed space mission from Shenzhou. This mission is known as Shenzhou-11. It seems that this time the two astronauts of this new space mission will try to stay in space longer than any other Chinese astronaut had done before. Basically, this is another step for China to do trial and error test experimentation in her ambition to have a more complete, permanent space station in 2020.
I’m no geek in space stuffs, but I like to watch Star Trek TV shows and movies sometimes. Anyhow, whenever I see Star Trek’s spaceship such as the Enterprise, I dream that I could be on one. In my opinion, space faring is very cool.
In reality, we can’t travel anywhere far away from our planet earth yet. Sure, we can send robotic crafts to a distant planet, but such a planet would still be within our solar system. Perhaps, making as far as the edge of our solar system is already a great achievement in our time.
Talking about space faring to a hospitable planet which resides in another galaxy is totally a fantasy still. How come? According to the Internet, the closest galaxy is like 25,000 light-years away. Our human civilization might already be extinct by then if we’re not careful.
Traveling to another galaxy requires technology which we can only fantasize at the moment. Warping in space is one of such technologies. Another one is using a wormhole to take a shortcut in space. These technologies require immense energy, and our current technologies are in no way near in having such advancements.
Nonetheless, if one day we can harness immense energy and know how to utilize such energy, I like to suggest that we should not build a spaceship like the Enterprise. How come? Such a spaceship is too small and not sustainable for generations of space faring creatures.
I think we should create a spaceship that is immense in size and has similar shape to earth. Such a craft should be at least 1/3 of the earth size, because such a huge craft can sustain artificial ecosystems that are similar to earth. This way, generations of space faring creatures can survive and thrive for a long time — making our way to another galaxy should be doable by then.
Such a craft may need a technology to harness the stars, and making such stars as if they’re the gas stations in space. Warp and wormhole technologies are the must have technologies, because these technologies could aid in speeding up the journey to another galaxy. Anyhow, as the human race advances, we may be able to see the children of much later generations to take on such a bold adventure — traveling to another galaxy.
This June, No Man’s Sky will be released on the 21st of the month. This is one of those games that I can’t wait to get my game on. The game is about an almost infinite galaxies and planets that you can travel to and explore. From what I’d heard the travel between planets and galaxies is seamless. An open world where wonders and monsters await, and each trip can be randomly dangerous. If not prepare ahead, your next trip in No Man’s Sky may be a trip to hell.
Enough about the game, because I want to focus on something else entirely in this blog post. I mentioned No Man’s Sky, because the game is special and unique since it would almost indefinitely generate new instances of parts of the universe that you travel through in your spaceship. This means game assets and whatnot are going to be randomly created all the time through an algorithm. This makes me wonder perhaps our real universe is also infinite.
When we escaped the planet earth, we suddenly realized the surmise of round earth is true. We see galaxies, but we can’t get there. We can’t really see the edge of the universe, because a simplest, smallest distance between earth and another planet is already too huge. Just imagine an ant craws across a hill, and this ant must have thought that the hill is a galaxy. How would the ant know that there is a universe in which humans are aim to travel across, right?
Imagine the real universe is also being instantly generated indefinitely, thus us humans would probably never be able to see the real edge of the universe. Because, the edge of the universe would also be expanded farther and farther with no end in sight. What if there are multiple universes that would never allow one realm to travel to another, but these realms are so different and have infinite generated instances? Imagine the laws of physics would be so different from one realm to another.
I think as human civilization gets bolder with space, one day we may do No Man’s Sky for real. Right now I can’t wait to play No Man’s Sky on PC, but our human civilization can’t wait to escape this space region. I think nuclear power and the likes are progress, but only if us humans can be civilized. Such technologies can catapult us humans out of this space region and go interstellar. Nonetheless, we may go extinct if we can’t be civilized among ourselves.
China is the third country out of all countries on earth (home planet) to successfully carry out an unmanned-soft landing mission on the moon. Nonetheless, being at a third place in space exploration isn’t necessary being worse than the first and the second places. How come? After few decades of the two first unmanned-lunar landings — when United States and Russia both achieved landing their robotics onto the moon surface (United States first then Russia) — China can use newer, more innovative technologies and reuse some past, awesome, learned, space technologies for their current lunar exploration with unmanned-robotics. In a way, it can be said that China is actually more useful than United States and Russia in term of carrying out a lunar exploration with unmanned-robotics. Of course, any other country will too have the benefits of using newer space technologies in carrying out a lunar exploration after China’s current lunar exploration with unmanned-robotics.
Space exploration is exciting, and some people tend to mix the excitement of their homeland’s space achievements with a patriotic pride… and nothing is wrong with that… but I think it’s rather narrow minded since each space exploration is meant to catapult humanity forward (not backward). All human beings on earth should view space explorations of all kinds, of all countries, as a collaboration effort and not of separated competition. That’s how I like to think, anyhow! So, as I see China is now already driving their rover on the moon, I have to say I’m happy for them as the mid-autumn festival will have a whole new meaning when someone eats a moon-cake in China and Vietnam (and whoever else eats moon-cake on earth).
Check out CCTV’s “Journey To The Moon: China’s Chang’e 3 Lunar Probe Successfully Lands On The Moon” television program — which details the landing of Chang’e 3 Lunar mission — in the 2 hour long, YouTube video right after the break. Enjoy!!!
- China eyes collection of lunar samples in 2017 (nbcnews.com)
- Chinese moon rover launched successfully (kcci.com)
- China’s first lunar probe to land on the moon (kcci.com)
- Watch China’s Chang’e-3 spacecraft land on the moon (theweek.com)
- China’s Jade Rabbit sends back pictures from the moon (upi.com)
- China’s moon rover leaves traces on lunar soil (boston.com)
- China to launch moon rock-collecting probe in 2017 (kansascity.com)
- State media: China has safely soft-landed its space probe on the moon; first such landing since 1976 – @XHNews, @AP (bigstory.ap.org)
- China Marks First Lunar Rover on the Moon (whnt.com)
- China hails its lunar probe mission as complete success (dnaindia.com)
Being a nerd doesn’t mean you have to always follow the nerdy rules (e.g., wearing glasses, sitting in front of the computer all day, etc…), because the inner nerdy us can sometimes go wild too. Being a nerd doesn’t mean you have to always be the first to create something, because you can also do a parody of a famous song which had been parodied to death by others. This means it’s nothing wrong when NASA is having some fun by doing a parody of “Gangnam Style.” Check out NASA Johnson Style video right after the break. Enjoy!!!
- NASA – Johnson style (Gangnam style parody) (queerlandia.com)
- NASA’s Johnson Style Is A Gangnam Style Parody (ubergizmo.com)
- NASA Goes Johnson Style (geeknewscentral.com)
- NASA Scientists Star in Gangnam Style Parody (sciencespacerobots.com)
- NASA Johnson Style (NoiseMadeMeDoIt.com)
- NASA Johnson Style (neatorama.com)
- NASA celebrates Johnson Space Center with ‘Gangnam Style’ parody (theverge.com)
- NASA’s space center celebrated with “Gangnam Style” parody (panarmenian.net)
- NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody) (wired.com)