Last month, I was absolutely privileged to be invited to write a blog post for PTScientists, a German team competing to win the Google Lunar X-Prize. They are currently working on a landing vehicle that will transport their rover from sun-synchronous Earth orbit to the lunar surface, and I was honoured to take up their offer. Huge thanks to Sven, Robert and Karsten, as well as everyone else in Berlin. Here is the full text of that piece.
Radiation is, when you think about it, really scary. You should actually be terrified of it. And also, it isn’t nearly as dangerous as you probably think it is.
If we’re looking at the numbers right, we should be swimming in alien communication. So why aren’t we?
It is time to go beyond the limits of human experience. Beyond the limits of modern physics. Beyond the point of no return. It’s a cool place.
Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space.
Or, a very cool idea that lets you do nothing at all.
Click below to see the truth. (That’s actually a lie. I can’t promise the truth, but I can promise the motivation behind the lies. I can promise, but I’m not going to.) Continue reading