Sunday, February 1, 2009


The above picture is of a space shuttle launch.

I'm watching Apollo 13 and thinking about space travel. I'm thinking how awesomely cool it is that people have left the planet. To go where no one has ever gone before.

And at the same time it is terrifying. This planet we live on is the only place were human life exists. Think about that. You can not survive out there unless you take everything you need to live. Air, water, food, and heat. There is literally no place to get more of any of those things out there.

I think about the big empty out there and feel so small.


  1. Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
    And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
    That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
    A sun that is the source of all our power.
    The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
    Are moving at a million miles a day
    In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
    Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.
    Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
    It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
    It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
    But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.
    We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
    We go 'round every two hundred million years,
    And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
    In this amazing and expanding universe.

    The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
    In all of the directions it can whizz
    As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
    Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
    So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
    And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
    'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.

    (I love science songs)

  2. Wow, this song is exactly what I feel when I look up at the night sky. Especially the line "How amazingly unlikely is your birth."