“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” —Frank Borman

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by paddoboy, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member


    NASA's 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary
    December 18, 2018 by Marcia Dunn

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    This Dec. 24, 1968, file photo made available by NASA shows the Earth behind the surface of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission. (William Anders/NASA via AP, File)
    Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon.

    To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASA's boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking. That first voyage by humans to another world set the stage for the still grander Apollo 11 moon landing seven months later.

    There was unprecedented and unfathomable risk to putting three men atop a monstrous new rocket for the first time and sending them all the way to the moon. The mission was whipped together in just four months in order to reach the moon by year's end, before the Soviet Union.

    Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-12-nasa-1st-flight-moon-apollo.html#jCp
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  3. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    Yes, ever since we recognized the first patterns which "woke" our curiosity. "What if.......?"
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  5. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

    Well I really think we should be exploring more.

    Send missions to all the places in the Solar System and look for life.

    Stop this usless hunt for gravity waves...we found them so lets look for something else...I am not the least intetested in two black holes merging billions of years ago and going peeeeeep. Stop wasting money on gravity waves and put it to exploration of the solar system.
    Heck you go Marlin fishing ...you catch one tag it and then get onto the next thing on the bucket list ...you waste your time and money if you after one catch spend the rest of your life going Marlin fishing every day.

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  7. HawkI Registered Senior Member

    But, if exploration really is the essence of the human spirit then... what happens after we explore everything?

    Also, I heard that the international space station is scheduled to go to the Moon at some time in the future. That will be fun, to see live action HD footage of people running around on the Moon.
  8. globali Registered Senior Member

    The great painter Salvador Dali once said:
    "Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it".

    I guess you can paraphrase a little bit.....
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  9. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

    Been there. Done that.

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    Well, not HD - 12-inch black-and-white TV.
  10. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

    The ISS will never go further than low Earth orbit. You are likely thinking of the plans to build an orbital platform in Lunar orbit, which would act as a base for exploration of the Moon and potential gateway point for a manned Mars mission.
  11. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

    ".... *Ding* ... tea n biscuits, it's moon-shot-monday, please put the seat down when you have finished"
    "strap down the cutlery were going to do a moon-shot"
    "... put the milk bottles out & bring the rug in, we are going to do a moon-shot before supper and we are in a bit of a hurry."

    "lights out in 15 and if you need to use the loo go now, because we are about to do a moon-shot"
    "...... could the little girl in the front row with the big hair & the model aeroplane stuck to it, please sit sideways, we need a clear view of the screen because we are about to do a moon-shot"

    nope... cant see it happening
  12. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    Will they have entertainment? I know a good band
  13. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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