Thursday, January 19, 2006

finally got it up

After a couple of days of frustration, the New Horizon spacecraft has at last been successfully launched on its long, lonely trip to the tiniest, most distant and least understood planet in our Solar System, Pluto.

For those who say "who cares," I can only say it must be an incredibly gray and lifeless universe that you live in to be able to be so incurious.

Here's a little statistic some might find interesting.

The spacecraft will be traveling at approximately thirty thousand miles per hour. That is as fast as any spacecraft has ever traveled, and is about half again the speed of the Space Shuttle.

At thirty thousand miles per hour, you could reach the Moon in eight hours.
At thirty thousand miles per hour, it will take about twelve years to reach Pluto.
At thirty thousand miles per hour, to reach the nearest star (other than the Sun) would take...

Two hundred thousand years.

Now try to explain to me how you can be incurious about a universe that vast and unexplored.


Blogger Ronni said...

Once, after reading a book by Carl Sagan, for about two seconds, I understood the vastness of the universe. And then the understanding was gone. It was an awe-ful feeling.

11:15 PM  

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