On Exploring Deep Space

To me, images of deep space as beautiful,  inspirational, magical, and full of wonder. While marveling at their beauty, thoughts about ongoing creation race across my mind. Their special nature to me is  reason I used them as headers. Music by The Alan Parsons Project (titled Beginnings) is a wonderful way to explore while thinking about how it all began. Enjoy … and I hope you share your thoughts.

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21 thoughts on “On Exploring Deep Space

  1. ‘Beginnings’ reminds me, not of space, rather of Rick, the older brother of a high school bud. Who spent his days listening to music. Time spent with Rick, meant listening to music while Rick talked about the song, the genre an everything and anything associated with the artist or how the music related to life around us. I remember one Sunday afternoon, sitting, listening, to four Alan Parsons Project lp’s simultaneously. (a specially designed console at wheelchair height with four turn tables wired together feeding a ‘kickass’ tube amp). “The universe in my bedroom”, he’d laughed, as he made his own music with the music of others. Rick had Muscular Dystrophy, an died when he was twenty four from complications brought on by pneumonia.

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  2. I love deep space photos as well. One of my favorite things to so is stargaze when we go camping in Utah. Seeing all those stars and pondering the mysteries of the universe is a humbling experience.

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  3. When I look at images like these that make me ponder the vastness of the universe, Frank, I’m reminded of the pointlessness of being irritated by the insignificant. For example, the clueless woman (yes, an adult) who slurped an entire container of milk through a straw directly next to my ear on a very crowded 30 block express train ride into The Grind this morning.

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  4. My husband loves images of space, so if I come across them on the web or news I make sure he sees them. I think they are lovely but otherwise I am far from being a space geek. I avoid the NASA channel, whereas he seeks it out. We all have our pleasures and should appreciate what the other sees.

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  5. I love the images we can now see via the Hubble Telescope and always feel awe and wonder……… but I can have that same feeling too when I peer into a ‘fairy circle’ in the damp bush or a forgotten corner of the garden where the moss grows…. Little worlds and infinitely vast worlds all reflect the wonder of the universe and offer opportunities to think more deeply about our world and our planet and our being here. 🙂

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  6. Gosh, I have to agree with you, Frank. Photos of deep space are amazing. I think anytime you look at images of outer space, or inner space–life on the cellular level–things get really, really interesting. Hope the packing is going well, my friend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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  7. Keep those deep space videos coming! They give me the feeling of being part of something, but not the center of something, but still something important.
    I judged the music to be suitably eclectic.

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    • Thanks for the clip on powers of 10, Jim in Iowa. It demonstrates something that needs understanding by everyone, that space is vast, so vast and inhospitable that barring some unlikely breakthrough in manipulating the dimensions of time and space, like worm-holes maybe, humans can not hope to dwell anywhere but here on Carl Sagan’s blue marble.

      Two recent events punctuated that reality for me, one real and the other imagined. An essential HVAC cooler broke down on the ISS last year and during its repair an astronaut nearly suffocated when his space suit began to flood, apparently from its own cooling system. The second was the movie, Gravity, which we just saw last Friday. While awash with small technical errors, it too demonstrated just how fragile is life in space and how dependent on a tenuous supply line that is still only a low power of ten away from orbit. Not covered in the movie were the many unresolved medical issues arising from living in zero gravity, issues like loss of calcium from bones, muscular atrophy, and misshapen eyeballs. Space is not merely one more frontier, as often portrayed. It is alien territory, best examined scientifically from our home while listening to Frank’s etherial music.

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      • I’m glad you enjoyed the video. It’s a favorite of mine from when I first started teaching science. I agree we will be held quite close to our tenuous thin layer of Earth.

        The water leak in the suit showed how the simplest of problems can lead to disaster. Nothing should be assumed to always work properly.

        As to the movie, I have yet to see Gravity. I will. But, having enough knowledge about physics, it might stretch my imagination at times with technical things that you mention. I will set my mind to accept that it is a drama and made for entertainment. But, the real thing is dramatic enough. Hollywood doesn’t need to ‘enhance’ it.

        I am in favor of an eventual mission to Mars by people. It will be decades from now. Other interim places could be visited. The part of our human nature is strong that seeks to know what is out there. Yes, spacecraft and robotics can do amazing things. But, some want to be there in person. And, it might be only a one way trip by design. There are some who would volunteer to go.

        Thank you for your comments. I appreciate them.

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  8. I have this piece of music in my library, Frank, but it was wonderful to hear it conjoined with the beautiful video. I don’t think there’s a night I don’t find a way to stare up at the sky, even if only for a brief nod. Deep space fascinates me. My knowledge is minuscule, but my appreciation is boundless. I really enjoyed this tonight. Thank you!

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  9. We live in a remarkable universe….

    “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
    ― Rachel Carson

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  10. Got the track on … Itune !!! That was easy and if I had read your post properly I would have seen that the music was by Alan Parsons and not the video. Playing it now …

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