“The Greying of Space Age”

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There is no doubt our baby has grown in bulk, put on weight. By now, as New Scientist lists in an article, 80 successful missions have been launched to the moon, one to Mercury, 40 to Venus, 38 to Mars, eight to Jupiter, four to Saturn, one each to Uranus and Neptune, and a pioneering craft is on its way to Pluto. There have been missions to asteroids and comets, and hundreds of satellites of all sizes are circling the earth. In terms of the total tonnage of satellites in orbit, there are about 1,200 ordinary buses circling the earth right now. 

… not much has come out of these multi-billion trips into space and to other planets. As, according to one estimate, a single such trip costs more than the combined annual budgets of the 100 poorest nations of a world suffering from malnutrition, illiteracy and war, it is not surprising that some people find the whole exercise a bit nauseating.

Read the article titled the “greying of space age”, which appeared in the Hindu magazine this Sunday.

Aren’t such space projects a wastage of our resources? It’s romantic to say that we are exploring space and learning about our universe, but the amount of resources spent on such missions is gigantic, and is it really justifiable?

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Tathva was magnificent. I was busy with the organizing work (Hospitality/Registration), ( and I couldn’t attend the video conferencing lectures by Jimmy Wales and Aaron Schwartz) so I could keep Phoenix in the stall only on the first day. I had thought of training a couple of juniors to explain the stuff, but by the time I got it up and running, it was too late, so I had to do it myself. A lot of school children came to see the stall. They were all excited to see the pendulum experiment being done on the PC. There were science teachers too, and I told them about the plans for implementation of Phoenix at the school level, and the workshop we’ve conducted. It was a good experience, but I could’ve done a lot  better, if I didn’t have to sneak out of registration work to come to the stall! 

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I’ve been busy for the past two weeks, first with Tathva work and then preparing for the second sessionals later this week. More later