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.
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.
A double post! Oh boy!
Ignore the fact that both posts only total a few hundred words. Focus on the fact that there’s two of them! Yay!
There is a place that you should be going right now. It is a place where all of us, the entire human race, should be going right now.
Actually it’s more of a collection of places.
Let’s go to Mars! Continue reading