Many people object to “wasting money in space” yet have no idea how much is actually spent on space exploration. The CSA’s budget, for instance, is less than the amount Canadians spend on Halloween candy every year, and most of it goes toward things like developing telecommunications satellites and radar systems to provide data for weather and air quality forecasts, environmental monitoring and climate change studies. Similarly, NASA’s budget is not spent in space but right here on Earth, where it’s invested in American businesses and universities, and where it also pays dividends, creating new jobs, new technologies and even whole new industries.
SpaceX’s Huge Falcon Heavy Rocket: How It Works
by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist | June 04, 2014 | Space.com
The next generation of super heavy-lift launch vehicle is the privately developed SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Although NASA’s Saturn V moon rocket could lift about two and a half times as much mass, the Falcon Heavy would still be the most powerful U.S. rocket to be launched since the Saturns were retired in 1972.
Falcon Heavy in Pictures: SpaceX’s Huge Private Rocket (Gallery)
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At this point looks like private enterprise may well be the key to space exploration.
It’s a nice feeling stargazing.
Just the simplicity of being able to wander into your back garden or a nearby field and be reminded how small your personal problems are when you compare them to the grand scale of the universe.
Within 10 minutes of simply looking up at the sky you begin to realize that things change, the stars aren’t quite where they just were.
It’s then that you begin to comprehend what is happening, you are standing upon a enormous lump of rock which is spinning at a stupendous rate and it is not that the stars are moving, it’s that we are moving.
You start to understand the grand scale of things and become overwhelmed by your stupendous insignificance in the vastness of space.
It’s a nice way to let your mind wander and allow your imagination to take control.
As you look up, joining these tiny little dots together in order to create patterns and pictures you can’t help but think, is one of these distant little tiny dots looking back at me and if so are they doing the same?
I suppose the problem nowadays is that people spend too much time looking down at their feet being unappreciative of life itself.
When really, we should all be looking up and appreciating the incredible complexity of the universe we all live in.
A friend asked me at a party, ‘What are you going to call the third-generation car?’ Well, we got the S and the X—we might as well make it an E.