Thursday, August 27, 2015

Where Quite A Few Have Gone Before


Excerpt From:
August 26, 2015
NASA Television to Air Launch of Next International Space Station Crew

The next three crew members bound for the International Space Station are set to launch to the orbital outpost Wednesday, Sept. 2. NASA Television launch coverage will begin at 11:45 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Sergei Volkov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:37 a.m. Wednesday (10:34 a.m. Baikonur time). Mogensen and Aimbetov are short duration crew members while Volkov will spend six months on the orbital complex.

Hey Mike... Hey Anthony... These guys are "just children."

For the full schedule of pre-launch, launch and docking coverage, visit:


Did You Know...

Eidetic memory is an ability to recall images, sounds, or objects in memory after only a few instances of exposure, with high precision for some time after exposure, without using mnemonics. It occurs in a small number of children and generally is not found in adults

I watch Jeopardy almost every day, partly in the hope that it will keep my aging memory processes working actively and partly because I find the show extremely interesting (and pleasurably entertaining.)

An entire week was recently devoted to young people, mostly sub-teens. From their answers to age-appropriate categories, it seemed that most of the kids possessed either eidetic, or at least phenomenal non-eidetic memories.

 One of the Jeopardy kids said he wanted to grow up and be a physicist so he cold study black holes and time travel.

I found that to be quite interesting.

Time travel.

I thought about that for a while.

And I thought:

What if this nascient ten year old kid were to grow up to eventually discover a means, not to travel in time, but to view,  day-by-day, hour-by-hour, events from the past? Would the devilishly demanding evangelists and arrogant Catholic priests and other robed and bejeweled nobles cleverly find a way around the facts, around the visible proof that their so-called Gospel was not so much Gospel after all? There was no deified Jesus after all, no crucifixion with its attendant miraculous darkening of the sky and other such nonsense and twaddle. No rising from the dead. And not even the water-into-wine fable.

What if a scientific viewing of the past completely disproved any and all those so obviously phony supposed happenings preached by the hordes of misguided mavins of organized religion?

Isn't that an interesting question?



1. Absence of knowledge or awareness; ignorance.
2. Holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible.
3. Uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues"; "exhibiting contempt for unlettered companions."



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