Nasa is going back to the Moon and beyond.
Well, it’s official! On August 23rd 2018 at the Johnson Space Centre (Houston), the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence announced:
It is now the official policy of the United States of America that we will return to the Moon, put Americans on Mars, and once again explore the farthest depths of outer space.
How exciting is this.
The last time we had some exciting news like these ones was in 1962 when JFK shared his vision of putting a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. And to all the haters, here is a link where NASA proves they did it with sharp images of the Apollo landing sites.
My interest in Space happened only few months ago when I started to question myself on how the Moon landing really happened. I browsed the web, read dozens of articles, watched a lot of documentaries to answer all my questions. I simply got hooked.
How it began:
Think about it. In 1902, two inventors had a dream. Flying. And by observing how birds were interacting with their wings to keep themselves stable in the air, they built the first airplane. They failed as many times as possible, but kept pushing, and they basically changed the way humans travel for ever.
Sixty years later, the Russian were leading the space race in many ways. First satellite in orbit, first probes to crash on the Moon to have a closer look, first man orbiting Earth (Yuri Gagarin) in 1961. Americans were kind of upset about this humiliating situation so they decided to send humans to the Moon without knowing how to build a rocket. In seven years, they managed to build the most powerful rocket (Saturn V) ever created by humans. Crazy right? They had to build everything from scratch. Many of us don’t realise that but if you own a laptop or anything including a micro-processor ship, it’s because of the thousands of scientists who tried to come up with this technology to operate the manoeuvres from the actual spaceship. Not enough reliable and too heavy, they decided to keep the computers on Earth and used radio waves to operate the lunar module. I’ve heard the actual computer put inside the Command Module was as powerful as our calculators nowadays. Hats off to the astronauts who thought it was ok to go to the Moon with this kind of technology!
What’s next for us?
Today, more than 50 years later, NASA comes up with the same kind of spacecraft, Orion, which will allow humans to go even further than the Moon. Combining NASA and other private companies like Space X, wonderfully lead by the ambitious and sleepless Elon Musk, America is once again leading the way to human exploration in deep space.
I feel lucky that one day, I will witness (probably with my kids) the entire world, eyes riveted on screens watching a guy stepping on the Moon one more time. But what about Mars? I’m covering this topic here, feel free to have a look!
“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when.”