Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Space Exploration

I find it annoying that the Earth's moon is the Earth's natural satellite and celestial neighbour yet I can't even go there.

For one thing, having seen the Moon light in the earthly night, I would now like to see the Earth light in the lunar night. The vast majority of the world's population probably still can't appreciate this spectacular phenomenon. The Moon obviously seems to have its night phase. Why do you think it doesn't always appear full? I wonder if the Earth would appear to shimmer like glowing sapphire in such a situation.

I am also in favour of lunar mountaineering. I would therefore like to see mountaineering on the Moon. I think lunar mountaineering would be easier than earthly mountaineering because of there being less gravity. But do people appreciate that?

I would also like to see the wreck of Luna 2. Luna 2 was apparently the first man-made object to reach the surface of the Moon. What's more The Instant Book of Outer Space refers to Luna 2 as leaving a Soviet pennant back in 1959. Furthermore, the wreck of the Titanic seems to have been located and photographed. I would therefore like the wreck of Luna 2 to be located and photographed.

Of course I believe the other many other moons in our solar system, not just the Earth's moon. I believe they too have their night phases. So, for example, how would Jupiter appear in the night sky to an observer standing on the surface of a Galilean moon? But what about Titan? What would an observer see in the night sky of Titan whilst the night half was facing Saturn? Well, Saturn might appear to resemble a spherical rainbow in the murky haze. Another Saturnian moon appears to have 2 conjoined craters resembling dividing cells. How would it appear if an observer was standing where the 2 craters apparently meet?

Basically I would like the solar system to be thoroughly explored. Having seen so many artistic impressions I would now like to see how such sceneries would really appear.