The clock is ticking down toward Out of the Cradle’s re-launch on the 15th of January 2007. For me, it really is like a rocket launch, because there are a lot of things to get ready, in preparation for the ‘big day’.
… “CDR, NTD: You have a GO for the T minus nine blog post” …
We’ve got some really good stuff coming which I’ll say more about when we get closer to T-0, so stay tuned.
In the meantime:
What’s Out of the Cradle all about?
This blog is about space, because space is important to your life. Space is, in fact, extremely important. To you, personally. It’s important in exactly the same way that oxygen is: it’s trivially easy to forget that it’s there, in fact you could live your whole life not really appreciating that it existed, but if it were to be taken away, you’d die.
Space: can’t live without it
Sounds a bit extreme, doesn’t it? Surely we don’t need outer space to live? But we do – the sun, from which almost every living thing on Earth (ultimately) derives its energy, is way out there in space. No sun, no trees ,no plants, no oxygen in the air, no food, no animals, no us. It’s crucial.
Something worth pondering now and again
OK, no-one’s suggesting that the sun is going away any time soon, and you don’t need to know anything about astronomy or space exploration for it to keep you alive, so you’ll have to forgive me for a rhetorical gimmick.
But all the same it’s something to think about, it expands your perspective a bit: space is keeping you alive, right now, every bit as much as the beating of your heart and the breath in your lungs. There are a great many other reasons why space is important, and I’ll get to those in future posts, but I thought I’d start off with the real kicker: if it wasn’t there, you’d be dead.
Space is the 99.99999 percent of everything there is… that we ignore
Hopefully that got you thinking about that big empty place above the atmosphere. That place where 99.999 repeating percent of the universe exists. That place that humans, by and large, don’t really think about. We spend all our time, thoughts, and efforts inhabiting the other, vanishingly small, 0.0000… who knows how many zeros …0001 percent of everything that exists: planet Earth.
We care about family, jobs, our city, our country, and sometimes, the rest of the world. Don’t get me wrong – those are all incredibly important things, and it is right that we focus the majority of our attention there.
But I just wanted to point out that most of us have a blind spot; one that’s hiding the entire universe behind it.