Guess what? My Blog is up, that’s what! Now I can talk about something IMPORTANT: no, I don’t mean the London Olympics, I’m talking about Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which landed on Mars on August 12th, 2012 after a 350 million mile, 9 month journey.
If you haven’t been paying attention to this, click on that link. While the rest of America is talking about who Mitt Romney (Mitt who?) has chosen as his Vice Presidential running mate, or who Kristen Stewart has been snogging with lately, the most important exploration in human history has just begun.
Why do I say that? Because we (humanity) will never get to the stars, USS Enterprise notwithstanding. We don’t live long enough to get there, and we can’t afford to pay for the ride. But there IS a planet in our solar system which is similar enough to Earth that it is truly feasible that we could establish a self-sustaining human presence there. Its day is about the same length as ours, its year is about twice as long. That planet is Mars, the New World of the 21st century.
I probably won’t live long enough to see humans land on Mars, but my children will. They will also live the wild ride into the 21st century’s answer to overpopulation: global warming and the associated flooding, famine and wars. Hopefully, the budget grinches will cut NASA some slack on funding: the Earth is full, and Mars is empty.