Friday, May 15, 2009

A Friend's Most Excellent Rant

Yes, this is my Blog, but when a friend writes something this good, I HAVE to recognize it. He doesn't have a blog, but he posts on space.com like me. This is one of his best rants ever.
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As the overall leap frogging strategy would insist, Mars would be the death of NASA if entertained monetarily speaking--they can't even afford hardly to get off the ground as it is with a 20 billion dollar yearly super-crunch budget. As for any company heading there soon, what is the profit benefit--red instead of white sandbox material? Without any base of operations to make use of a whole new world, then the only return is exploration, and where is the monetary return in that--selling rocks on Ebay to make a profit?

Sending humans to desolation is the theme--for the fact of exploration--it is noble indeed, but with current "space tube" technology and lack of reasonable understanding of how to exist in deep space AT ALL since this has never been done--any crew sent there under current technology would likely result in one or more ways of a painful death.

As an example--we should imagine the toilet hypothesis--butt bacteria that collects on the inside of the bowl is continuously being bombarded with radiation in deep space and while buzzing Mars, as is all other collecting bacterial colonies on board our lovely (never-before built to perfection) deep space cruiser that folks suggest should be about the diameter--plus a couple inches--of the occupants chest cavities combined. It has already been proven that simple nasties that usually remain benign on Earth have in space turned into voracious human feeders that change over time and can really mess up somebody's day.

WITHOUT that simple knowledge of what happens even to colon bacteria in a dirty space toilet for about 3 years hangin around, being radiated and genetically altered in space while a "camping we will go", knowing what the almost worthless (yet expensive) space tube station has shown already with its own ACCIDENTAL growth experiments (a byproduct of being in the environment and learning) to go beyond the safety of mommy Earth for the first time ever--are we believing that the nasty wasty microbes y'all keep worrying about really would come from MARS? Or should we first be thinking about being attacked on board our own tube ship from some hydrated black swamp monster genetically altered from each poor saps (sorry--I mean to say first Mars explorers) own ass bacteria that mated and mutated and consumed them as human pods?

For a sci-fi thriller, each returning crew member would house a portion of this highly evolved bacterium creature and come back to earth and alter the entire human race back into dinosaurs, before it returns to the swamps, mutating humanity back into the originally intended life forms before the UFO creatures started tinkering with dinosaur genetics to create humans.

It would actually seem that the real sci-fi would be the humans returning. THE TECHNOLOGY TO GO THERE AND RETURN MUST BE PERFECTED...AND WE DO NOT DO THAT ON EARTH--WE DO THAT ON THE CLOSEST SAFE ENVIRONMENT WE CAN. WE EXPONENTIALLY IMPROVE OUR SCIENTIFIC CAPABILITIES...AND THEN WE ATTEMPT IT. Note--ATTEMPT. WE BEGIN ON A MOON BASE and test. Otherwise you would volunteer the worst criminals and send them like in the old days of exploration, to help empty your jails.

Oh, I'm full of it--we can make it work right?!

Here--imagine--you have never baked a cake before. You know the list of the ingredients and the instructions on the back of the box are plain but are you an expert on cakes? Certainly you say--so you try it and it turns out like a pancake, because you didn't know that jumping up and down and shaking it caused its collapse. Or, adding a little more salt made it taste like crap, but you thought it better to add salt because you like salt. You try another and don't pre-heat the oven or you leave out an ingredient you don't want. As time goes on...and more crap cakes...eventually you get how to make a good cake everyone likes...to the point you begin to understand what goes in when and how much and start to devise your own cakes if you so choose--like a fine garlic cake for example.

The comparison is that also; heading an interplanetary cruiser to another planet nearly a year away without any tested background knowledge whatsoever of the consequences or the potential for ANY disaster and how to mitigate it. If the space shuttles or Apollo missions have proven anything in all their decades, it is certainly that our best technology we rely on screws up from time to time. Is space the safest way to fly that we can journey now to other planets after really only less than 10 years of true human space exploration. LEO don't count--planes can simulate zero G.

When we as bonafide space explorers are still worried about Earth weather when it comes to scrubbing or delaying launches, do we really have it together yet? How about a zinging 7 hundred thousand mile an hour pebble ripping your friggin hull in half? Get out the plumbers putty right? Or say you make it to Mars, all seems well--you pitch your tents and stay for a while--all seems well the first month...but then you look over under the plastic log firelight and notice your colleague's faces are sliding off their cheekbones and onto their freeze-dried ice cream due to radiation poisoning from overexposure. At least in the old days they sent monkeys and dogs, or even mice or rats--for today we believe we are experts--now that is science fiction.

I understand that we are fond of shooting our ashes off into space, but rocket technology is simply so...NAZI. And our best idea for radiation protection is an 8 meter box to protect against solar flares in a small ship in space...and last checked, Mars one way is 9 months average with butt-blast technology (or rockets). Even at 6 and 6--that's 12 months not including staying on planetary surface time, plus the escape craft needed to leave Mars if that is the intention, and like one gentleman stated, we haven't done a successful Mars surface extraction in about 4 decades of Mars poking and prodding in the driest of dry desolate sand, but we should be considered deep space/planetary experts in going to, staying and coming back? Weird conclusion of expertise in a field. Yes, I lift up rocks and pick up bugs--I am expert in entomology--not.

I see. Perhaps there is freezing cold red sand in my eyes, but last I checked we couldn't even stay on Moon for more than a total of a week with multiple missions--and so we circle in a metal hamster tunnel, dodging Chinese satellite frag grenades, while for decades of wasteful uselessness, learning next to nothing about real space habitation, while Hubble does more science in a week of snapping photos with broken cameras and backwards mirrors.

I LOVE the idea of Human space exploration--never get me wrong there, but damn those with the money, power and capability not to have gotten it right all along, leaving us all to mercilessly spin around the planet wishing on a star and floundering, wasting time. Those that say that establishing a Moon base of operations first would set us back centuries must have been born from the womb speaking multiple languages and never needed to learn anything before doing.

We should remember Nazi Germany and their drive for technology and successes when they concentrated their best minds on task. Though they overstepped their bounds with so many enemies and lost, thankfully, their scientists became the entire foundation for NASA in the 40's on and ultimately got the United States into space and onto the Moon in the first place, as they were about 25 years ahead of the world technologically. They set up a test base and put their best minds to work on singular technological goals, using vast resources of brilliant men and materials and gained incredible technical knowledge of the time, and had they been further able to implement it, the entire world might be speaking German right now. We should be of the same dedication to space establishment to accomplish great things..in order of succession.

If we concentrated on only a few foundation areas of testing in a Moon base where such tests could be conducted quickly and properly, we would soon discover how to overcome issues of space adaptation to make bigger and bolder trips outward. As we simply have not overcome the smallest of issues and anything we tried to do to get to Mars right now would be a test in progress, likely resulting in major issues, likely failure and likely death.

We should have had the MOON BASE established in the 70's so that I wouldn't have to keep repeating this to my universal colleagues, but we were trained on the Vietnam made-up political B.S. war Kennedy was opposed to before THEY offed him to allow his VP in, who DID want to kill his own citizens by draft. For it was a good idea to send men into the battlefield of a country we had no business with, whose average lifespan on the front line was 15 seconds. Nice work there you Johnson. Hope the Freemason's gave you good honors and a ceremony in D.C. for that murdering effort to get our attention off Kennedy's space program and finally lose Apollo funding through re-focusing of attention, and creating an entire generation of drug addicts and mentally unstable folks.

With a Moon base, by now we would know all manner of space protections, mobility, "how to's" and have an active establishment for all we do in space. The solar system would be the limit--plus we would as citizens have all the spinoff technologies that usually follow dedicated scientific studies, especially as a necessity. In life we must learn through practice--flying a plane, baking a cake, shooting and cleaning weapons, building and launching rockets.

We act as if Mars is some next step to human space exploration--considering the monumental economic investment and basically no return on that investment, only possible recognition and exploratative value, why should NASA or others at this starting line of the race endeavor to go there and skip over our own Lunar resource that is much closer and much more valuable than Mars ever could be as a first step to true human space testing and eventual other-world establishments and exploration? Mars is a bucket of sand that might have life like any other more viable moons of Saturn or Jupiter...

And as an offshoot of having something viable near mommy Earth, we would have 200 times more tempted to explore like Elon Musk WHO CAN DO IT, as well as contractors to the government(s) responsible, offering their own business resources just as we do now on current space explorations. Wouldn't Hilton hotel or others be interested in the first lunar hotel for vacationers--one small step for business....look through your telescope and always see Neon COCA COLA or other symbols of commerce dotted on the lunar surface from any place on the Earth. Yeah, sure, commercialism, but it has to start somehow to get us there and keep us there for a reason.

If money rules this game, you first need interested players, a base of operations and growth opportunity. Mars ain't it folks--vacationers would have no jobs on the return trip even in the best of economic times. Just visiting Mars would seem like a sliced vein that doesn't close and an adventuresome company investing money in the idea should already know that. Never say it won't happen, but I would say that unless it could bring in some type of financial return, I can't see private business willing to waste all those billions in design, testing, sending and return. The reason why NASA does it first...because they are not based on monetary profit.

As with being ON the Moon as experimenting RESIDENTS, all manner of medical, safety and life support issues could be in real-time resolved or at least being worked on, sharing equal or actually more acute potential exposure being closer to the sun, so our shielding should be better designed on the Moon.

Fact is fact--NEVER HAS A SINGLE HUMAN OR ANIMAL EVER LEFT LOWER EARTH ORBIT EXCEPT WHEN WE LANDED ON THE MOON.

All the rest is called gambling...and given the state of state lotteries, casinos and the stock market--and many comments--yeah, we like to lose a lot at gambling.

3 comments:

Norman Copeland said...

I my friend have thought about this...

Red matter!!! I have been inspired with the recent Star trek film.

We use red matter which we could release from Low Earth Orbit to create a synchronised planetary orbit alignment with all of the other planets and moons, all moving and slipstreaming eachother til we build faster engines!

The red matter will synthesize all planetary atmospheric conditions to be activated based upon the ion slipstream potential of a complete solar system singular orbit conjunction!

The thing is with this particular theory is that it is not direct sol light which delivers heat, but, it is a cloud of atmospheric heat ion charging using slipstreaming with magnetic stimulation resulting from the alignment of several magnetospheres linking to distribute finer sections of red matter to the surface of moons and planets, warming and programming magnetism.

I shall continue at another opportunity...

Douglas Mallette said...

Norman, will you come down from cloud nine a bit and delve into a small amount of reality. lol. Red Matter is Hollywood's attempt to glorify Dark Matter, but they can't use Dark Matter, cuz ya can't see it! Not very good for the camera. lol.

Norman Copeland said...

Uhhh...

Ok, I have have numerous star trek manuals and handbooks of data and complete lists of every episode, character, craft/vessel, electrical gadget, equipment, clothing and probably other things. I have gene roddenberry biography and various other star trek literature among my personal book library, I shall do the research to confirm if red matter is a new concept or has been utilised from the Gene Roddenberry genius archives/records/documents/scripts.