Monday, August 6, 2012
Curiousity: Thy Name is Geekasm
I am so proud to be a citizen of Earth today. I blog, of course, about the touchdown of the Curiosity Rover on Mars yesterday.
Mars. That big red planet out there, of myth and legend? You know the one.
I know the NASA and JPL did a lot of WOOT WOOT AMERICA! yesterday, and deservedly so, but as Dr. Tyson warns us (the gentleman in the above photo: if you don't know who he is, get thee to youtube and get you some learnin') America the Beautiful isn't alone out there. Yes, we're the first in many ways space and Mars, but we are not alone. It is not our Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border that found the God particle. That's not our space station orbiting the Earth.
As a matter of fact, when one of the scientists spoke last night, he made a point of saying "I'm not going to mention the countries that aided in this endeavor" (I paraphrase, excuse me) and I know it wasn't said in a mean way, but why not give a shout-out to our friends in science? To our brothers and sisters on Earth that look beyond its fragile blue and white atmosphere. This is an achievement for all of us: ally, friend, casual acquaintance, and yes, even for our enemies.
What does any of this have to do with a blog that is supposed to focus on a writer's journey? Because there was this little girl who sat in a darkened movie theatre and watched the words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" flash across the screen, and who went home and wanted to go far, far away herself. Because she was also riveted to the tales of men that had gone where no one had dared to go before...and those tales took place in .... space... the Final Frontier! And if I couldn't get away for real, maybe I'd get away in my head. My first attempt at a novel was basically about what I hoped the Jedi did. I called it "The Chronicles of the Jai-Alai." Science fact and it's dreams... science fiction... are very close to my heart.
I am proud a California company was so involved in this incredible achievement. I am psyched to live in an America where this is available to watch online. But more than all that, I want to celebrate the citizens of Earth who have taken this incredible step from the blue planet to the red one. And as @CobraMisfit said, let's name the next rover Red.