Weekly Blog August 27th, 2017: Space

Hello Internet!

I am so glad that you took a moment of your day to check out my website. If you’re new here, I’d recommend checking out the Category Descriptions which lists all the different types of things that get posted to the website. Usually I have a regular schedule where I post three or more pieces a week (Weekly Blog on Sunday, New Chapter of my Pokemon Sun/Moon Fanfiction on Wednesday, and a Writing Prompt inspired piece on Friday), but my laptop has been out of comission for about a month. With my laptop down, it limits the amount of time I have in front of a computer and how much I can write. Luckily I’ve been able to fill some of the empty space with some short Creative Writing pieces like Six Word Memoirs (Part 1 and Part 2). The past few weeks I’ve managed to get fresh, Writing Prompt pieces up on the website as well, so go check those out under the “Writing Prompts” tab of the website. I’m trying to get things fixed and back to normal, but more and more it looks like I’m going to have to buy a new laptop which costs money…which I don’t really have, but I’m figuring it out. My plan is to have a “soft reboot” starting September 1st with my special monthly update and go from there. I’ll keep in the loop as much as possible going forward with my plans. If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! I really appreciate all the feedback from people new and old whether that be in the form of views, likes, comments, or shares. All of your support and constructive criticism really helps me out and makes my day, so thank you for sending some love my way.

This week I wanted to talk about all things space. Now that is a really big topic since it includes literally everything in the universe, but I think I can narrow it down to a few main things. There was a lot going on with space this week and I want to touch on those things briefly as well as talk about space as a whole. First I want to share this quote from NASA’s Acting Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr who said:

“There is more going on right now in space than I’ve ever seen in my career.”

That’s a crazy statement if you think about it. There is more going on in space right now, in August of 2017, than the rest of time in his career which started in 1989. It’s really easy to see how someone like NASA’s Acting Chief could say that. Just look at all the stuff that NASA and SpaceX have been working on over the past few months. NASA has had missions to explore all over our solar system. There was the Juno Mission to explore Jupiter and its many, many moons. There was the New Horizons Mission to explore Pluto, its moon, and beyond. And there was the Cassini Mission to explore Saturn and its many moons. That doesn’t even touch on everything that continues to happen with the Mars’ Rovers and The International Space Station.

screen-shot-2017-08-23-at-12-49-44-pmWhen looking at private space exploration, there is a lot going on there as well. Recently Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, revealed the design of the SpaceX space suits in a post on his Instagram Account. This post excited a lot of people as we get closer and closer to Musk’s goal of sending astronauts to space in 2018. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin are looking to make space travel more accessible by providing brief tours to everyday people in their New Shepard capsule starting sometime next year. Those are not the only companies that are determined to launch people into space. Virgin Galactic also hopes to provide commercial space flights for people although both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are not looking to reach the Moon or other planets like SpaceX. These flights would be low-orbit flights around the Earth, but still technically in space.

abc-solar-eclipse-dasilva-09-abc-jc-170821_1_4x3_992When talking about space, we also have to touch on one of the biggest events in space this week: The Great American Eclipse 2017. Now if you live in the United States, it was probably impossible to avoid the news of the solar eclipse crossing over the nation. The total, solar eclipse stretched from Oregon on the West Coast to the Carolinas and Georgia on the East Coast and people drove from all over the country into the path of totality. Now where I live we only got a partial, solar eclipse where the Moon blocked out approximately 90% of the Sun. It was kind of eerie and it looked like it was going to storm because of the dip in the sunlight. Altogether it was a really cool experience to view the Sun using my cardboard box viewer. (I wasn’t lucky enough to get solar eclipse glasses.) There were some amazing videos and pictures posted all over social media from everyday people and NASA, which you should check out if you haven’t already. To me, it was an amazing sight for Americans all over the country to put aside their differences, stop bickering with one another, and look up to the sky together, in unison. Everyone from old to young, black, white, hispanic, asian, men and women; everyone looked up together and took in the experience of the Solar Eclipse together. Honestly that is such a great thought.

As you may or may not be able to tell, I love space. Astronomy was something that I was always interested in since I was a child, and one of my favorite classes in college. I love learning about stars and galaxies and planets and comets. All of those things are amazing to me and I love learning about them. All of these recent developments with NASA and SpaceX working towards missions to Mars and continuing space exploration makes me giddy with excitement. As they say in Star Trek, space is the final frontier, and I can’t wait for it to be explored. I know that I’ll probably never get the chance to be in space, but someday my children or grandchildren will treat space travel like we treat flying in an airplane. Commercial flights in space is just the start as both NASA and private companies take an interest in getting more and more people into space. Right now space exploration is only available for astronauts, but one day rich people will be able to afford space travel, and then eventually it will be available for almost everyone. Middle-class families will be taking their entire family on a trip around the Earth in a low orbit. So yeah, space excites me and everytime NASA releases new pictures of planets, moons, or asteroids I freak out a little bit and every time they announce a new mission, it reminds me that we are getting ever closer to a mission to Mars or creating a moon base. We are truly living in the future as more and more of science fiction becomes a reality.

Well that’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed this Weekly Blog. If you did feel free to give it a like or share it with your friends. If you didn’t like it, that’s ok. Feel free to leave some comment down below either good or bad to contact me at allen.the.writer@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your feedback whether or it be positive or negative. That way I know what my readers like or don’t like about my pieces and the website as a whole. If you really liked this piece, feel free to check out the rest of the website. Last week’s Writing Prompt piece (found here) seems to be picking up steam with people, so maybe you’d enjoy it as well.

Thank you so much for all your support and I hope you have a wonderful week!

-Allen_The_Writer

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