How has the perception of space for 61 year
Starting after TV series "The First" To watch "Mars", I thought about how the flight of the Martian mission will be perceived in society. In both series, for some reason, they did not emphasize that the whole world clung to the screens and watched this historical action. There was a feeling that if we live to see the launch of a manned mission to Mars, it will not become the same furore as the launch of the first satellite. The launch of Falcon Heavy on YouTube was watched by 2.3 million people this year, seemingly a lot, and this is the second place in the history of streams. But the first place, the jump from the stratosphere of Felix Baumgartner, was watched by 8 million people. Bright cosmic events act as a beacon that attracts people to itself. If their light does not call so strongly, does it mean that new people will not go to the space program? No. Over the years, her perception has changed, and in general, everything will be fine. Only the meaning of the expression “rocket science” in English will have to be changed.
Spectators watch STS-119 start, photo by Blake Estes
turned out to be 3r3186. private space company Stealth Space, which, without any PR, tested its Astra launch vehicle.
Photo by Michael Howar /Spaceflight Insider
As if made on the knee design - the engines of the rocket Vector-R, also private production. But they are printed on a 3D printer and consist of only 15 parts. There are dozens of similar rocket startups around the world. And if 61 years ago, the launch of a satellite required the efforts of a superpower, now it can be done by several people who got a penny compared to the state budget and collected a rocket in the shop a little more advanced than the garage.
The second trend is illustrated by the private company Planet Labs, which has already managed to launch more than one and a half hundred cubes Dove /Flock with
challenge 3r3r6186. ensure continuous shooting of the entire earth's surface. The obtained data will then be processed using modern computer technology.
This graph shows the number of satellites launched by mass distribution. Black - light and ultra-light satellites weighing less than 100 kg. The sharply increased number of cubes is a consequence of the fact that the satellite can make and run not only private companies, but also universities and
even schoolchildren .
3r3183. The overall conclusion: [/b] Cosmos has become much closer to humans. Instead of perceiving the call of flying satellites far today, a person can become acquainted with astronautics in childhood, and at a quite serious level. Particularly lucky can even participate in the creation and launch of this spacecraft. And the abundance of space content may be interested in space even earlier. The daughter of my acquaintances, having accidentally seen r3r3185 at the age of two. video tour of the ISS
from Sunita Williams, now instead of cartoons looking at the night of space video. Of course, there is no guarantee that our descendants will read this fact at the beginning of the memoirs of an astronaut, scientist or engineer, but those who can potentially become interested in space have got a lot of opportunities. And that is great. Unless the English expression “rocket science”, meaning something very complex, seems to be outdated.
I expressed my thoughts on the same topic in a fresh lecture entitled “Cosmonautics: From Romance to Realism”.
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P.S. World Space Week ends on October 1? do not forget to see the "October Sky". Very inspirational movie.
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