And exactly what about if you break it, you possess it. Exactly what if we landed too difficult? Exactly what if it gets into chunks? We sure don’t want comets and even fragments of comets coming right here once again. They did that as soon as and look what occurred to the dinosaurs.
However I quickly discovered the truths: That the Rosetta area probe, introduced in 2004 by the European Area Firm, had successfully put an unmanned, 220-pound, box-shaped lander, named Philae, on a comet. However, it seems like the comet, with the catchy name of 67P/C-G, is not fairlynot ready for prime time. Still, a comet landing is a very first for humankind.
That very first comet landing occurred the same week that Big Hero 6 and Interstellar generated than $100 million at the weekend box workplace both which, in really different ways, tell stories about mans use of technology to satisfy his interest and survival impulses. Having actually contributed my small part to that $100 million, this comet story captured my attention.
While thinking of the wonder of everything, I was drawn to thoughts about another advantage of living into your 60s, 70s and beyond. Initially, it indicates you didnt die in your 50s! Thats an excellent start.
Second, with each passing years, you have more point of view, more direct experience with more people and occasions, more gratitude for mans restrictions as well as his outstanding even interstellar accomplishments.
That drew me to ideas about my granny, born in 1887. She and her family took a trip about Indiana in a horse-drawn wagon. The horses name was Dobin.
I understand that due to the fact that in 1957, after Sputnik had been launched and was orbiting the earth every 90 minutes, I would visit my grandma in a nursing housea retirement home and she would tell me about Dobin. Sometimes, as dementia set in, she would even watch out the window and see Dobin and inform me about her adventures with Dobin.
My grandmas life in America started just 11 years after Custers Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. She saw the innovation of the automobile, the aircraft and space automobile and took advantage of the creation of the light bulb, indoor plumbing, penicillin and the radio and Americas growing success.
She made it through the excellent flu epidemic that declared the life of my maternal grandmother, who died in Chestertown, in 1919; she survived the Great Depression and 2 world wars, and gave birth to 5 healthy youngsters. She prepared or monitored the preparation of 60 or more spectacular Thanksgiving dinners, and I consumed numerous of them.
Then I thought about her kids, who experienced the Great Depression, WWII and Korea however who likewise experienced the big modifications in technology, education and way of living that occurred in the 1950s.
Recalling, the decade of the 50s was the political and social crucible in which the remainder of the 20th century was forged as remembered, for example, in David Halberstams The Fifties (1993), which touches almost every thread in the fabric of Americas life at that time.
There were political turmoils: The police action in Korea and President Harry Trumans shooting of General Douglas MacArthur; the Eisenhower years from the H-bomb, early US involvement in Indochina; the Supreme Court buying the combination of schools consisting of troops in Little Rock to implement it, the Montgomery bus boycott and the rise of Martin Luther King; Russias sputnik launch; and the Castro take-over of Cuba.
And there were sweeping cultural modifications: the development of nationwide tv from Meet journalism and Ozzie and Harriet to I Love Lucy, Dick Clarks American Bandstand and the twist; and, again, the Eisenhower years with Levittowns, desegregation, suburbanization, dishwashers, the very first student loans, Salks polio vaccine, the Interstate Freeway System, big vehicles with fins, motels, fast-food restaurants, rock and roll, the experience of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and the sexual revolution prompted by the contraceptive tabletbirth control pill.
And, naturally, the next generation experienced even more remarkable and quick change driven by the computer systems, the digital revolution and space expedition consisting of several moon landings, miniaturization, globalization, more remarkable medical advances such as the MRI and organ transplants, the Internet, the smartphone and wireless mobility.
I plainly remember the very first moon landing on July 20, 1969. I went out the day previously and bought my very first color TVTelevision Set, only to find the next day that the moon is gray. At least I saw red, white and blue when they planted the American flag
I expect to numerous who are younger than those of us in our bonus years, the comet landing is not a big offer. However as one whose very first car was a 1937 Chevy and whose first experience with an aircraft was a ride in a Piper Cub at the country fair, I still get a chill down my spinal column and feeling of pride when I found out the Rosetta lander had actually shown up securely on the comet.
Phil Burgess is president of the Annapolis Institute and author of Reboot! What To Do When Your Profession Is Over However Your Life Isnt. Send your post-career story or elections of interesting people with good stories or other comments to [email protected]