Space Exploration, And Explorers From Space – Which Matters Most, or At All?

 

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Heaven knows (or at least poor people do) that terrestrial problems, issues of this world – issues such as clean water, rising earth temperatures, land too dry to farm, people virtually too poor to beg – can only be addressed with massive amounts of money, and human volunteer and paid-for effort.

And everyone – except the poor, who have heard it before, and no longer listen – knows that resources are limited, and ‘only so much can be done’ to address this, or that natural crisis, not to mention suddenly occurring disasters.

And still, and still: Nations as diverse as China and the United States are spending untold sums exploring areas of space no one is ever likely to visit, or call home, or – bottom line – realize any we-can’t-live-without benefits from.

The U.S. just achieved the remarkable feat of having a manmade craft enter the gravitational field of Jupiter, a planet some 2 billion miles from Earth, after a journey lasting 5 years. It’s not the first craft to have achieved that – The Galileo spacecraft spent eight years in the area, with far less capable technology than Juno’s, up to 2003, when it burned up in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

China's FAST telescope

Meanwhile, China is spending far smaller sums on a whole different kind of space exploration: Via a massive, ‘Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope’ (FAST) in Guizhou Province. It’s mission, as a recent article in Asia Times put it, is “answering that timelessly engrossing question: are we alone in the universe?”

There are those who believe that question has already been answered, and that, in ways not being revealed to the public, mankind (at least the American version) already is benefiting from technologies that could enable beings from elsewhere to visit Earth.

The Asia Times article includes a link to a fascinating hour-long film that includes a supposed interview session with a being from somewhere far beyond this planet – possibly even from a different dimension, and a different version of reality. Experts in several fields, including the study of concepts of extraterrestrial beings, film-making, and supposed goings-on at a highly classified site (many levels higher than ‘top secret’) in Nevada, appeared on camera and expressed their opinions as to whether the film, which is available (via our link) on YouTube, and the Extraterrestrial (ET) being it depicts, are real. Their answers varied, from ‘fake’ to ‘definitely real’.

The film included several photos of ‘flying saucer’-type spacecraft, supposedly not unlike vehicles ETs have, the film and the Chinese say, have used to come from ‘wherever’ to here – Earth. One technician, who reported having access to the engine from such a craft, said it appeared to be capable of enabling travel at the speed of light, or even faster.

If that is true – that there is such an engine with such capabilities, and the U.S. government is aware of it and is (or has already) reverse-engineered it to learn how it works – why is the U.S. continuing to use technology that causes a trip like Juno’s to Jupiter take five years?

All else aside – all else aside – that pretty much clinches the question for me as to whether or not mankind, at least the American version, has interacted with technology that would allow space travel at speeds we can only dream of today.

But I remain mystified why the U.S. government thinks it makes any sense to go to Jupiter, even if doing so might enable scientists to learn more about how our universe and the planets in it formed came to be.

We came to be, however we did. Let’s use that as a starting point, and work to deal with real issues of the planet we live on and how to ensure it remains livable well beyond the personal demise of its present residents.

 

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