Star Stuff

10 Feb

 

 

It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. We earthlings have been visiting space for almost 60 years now and this is what we’ve made of it…space that is.

Above is an actual image from the NASA Goddard Flight Space Center. I can remember sitting on the front stoop of our home in New Jersey with my mom and looking up into the evening sky to see if we could spot Sputnik, the Russian satellite that was the first of its kind in orbit around Earth, and as far as we knew, the only thing.

I was 4 years old then. Now look at what we’ve left up there…so far

Right now, more than half a million pieces of man-made space junk are orbiting our planet Earth. And about 23,000 of those pieces are the size of a softball or larger. More than 21,000 pieces of orbital debris larger than 10 cm are known to exist and the number of particles smaller than 1 cm exceeds 100 million!

I know that doesn’t mean much to those of us Earthlings who have no plans to ever leave our atmosphere but some scientists are now predicting that if some of us don’t leave soon, no one ever will because it will be impossible for one of our spacecraft to make it safely past all of the junk.

On the bright side it should make it a bit harder for aliens to attack us, although why they would want to visit or take over this mess of a planet is beyond me… Unless of course they offer a cleaning service…and cheap!

But what is sobering about the above photo is that the outside of our planet, dirty as it is, is a lot cleaner than the inside because Scientists also predict that by 2050 our oceans will be mostly plastic!

One thing you can say for us humans…and sadly perhaps the only consistent trait we’ve ever displayed…We sure know how to pollute, defile and otherwise desecrate a very pretty place… don’t we?

 

9 Responses to “Star Stuff”

  1. mrsloomis February 10, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    Not very good stewards, are we.

  2. ruminationville February 10, 2016 at 10:37 pm #

    Oh, God. One more thing I didn’t know I needed to worry about! Good piece, though.

  3. mvschulze February 10, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    How true, and sad it is!

  4. momshieb February 11, 2016 at 1:29 am #

    I remember the “Sputnik” watch, too. Perhaps we can say that humans are incapable of simply accepting the universe as it is. Perhaps we are programmed to try to add to it……..?

  5. TamrahJo February 11, 2016 at 1:45 am #

    Fantabulous!

    To Do List:
    A. Support the hiring/training good space transport pilots (For Back Up Plan version 3), I’m thinking Hans Solo’s example navigating an asteroid field
    B.) Continue with planning/daily decisions that support future generations still being able to survive/breathe/live on our home planet
    C.) Continue to change buying habits to support those who feel the same way and wave bye-bye to those who started that way, then changed their minds when the economy iproved….
    D.) Realize I can’t fix it all by myself, but being kind when sharing, explaining to others why small, daily life decisions, make big impacts over time – cuz we’re all in it together!

    Thanks for letting me blog in your contents space… 🙂

  6. avwalters February 11, 2016 at 1:46 am #

    This is the best news in quite awhile. If we cannot leave, we cannot go elsewhere to spread our virus of filth. If we are forced to stay, perhaps we can use some of that good old-fashioned ingenuity to make our planet habitable again.

  7. dvaal February 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    I had no idea it was that bad. The world needs to know -and you are right -we are disgusting with our waste, and idle minds.
    fiddledeedeebooks.wordpress.com

  8. silentlyheardonce February 15, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

    Yes we do know how to make a mess. I read somewhere that a lot of that space junk is falling to earth as well. I remember as a kid they said you could kill someone if you throw a penny off the empire state building. Imagine a softball hurling to earth from space.

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