Greetings, humans, and welcome to my 11th log! I must admit that I got a bit distracted this week while I was watching Earth. See, I was doing my usual internet rounds when I came across a report which revealed that ancient humans have drawn a giant cat in the Nazca Desert in this country called Peru. It’s just around 37 meters (121 feet) long, but it does show that humans have long held my species in high regard.
Kudos, ancient humans. You knew the natural order of things.
Moving on, this week has been filled with exciting developments in the space front. While there seems to be some conflict with an initiative called the Artemis Accords since some countries apparently are not very keen on joining it, a lot of positive updates did happen on the space front nonetheless. Here are my favorites this week so far.
100 SpaceX Launches!
100 successful flights pic.twitter.com/AR647cK6Ss
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 24, 2020
SpaceX is a fascinating company since they totally started from the bottom, and the only reason why they are at the top today is because they worked harder than anyone else. It’s pretty amazing that the company was close to bankruptcy in the past since they couldn’t successfully launch the Falcon 1. The company has now launched 100 times successfully, and the Falcon 9, its workhorse, has made history many times over by landing on land and in a drone ship in the middle of the ocean.
Starman tells me that the Falcon 9 rockets hold a very special place for him since he was launched into space with them. Starman’s launch made history too since it was the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy, which is three Falcon 9s strapped together. Starman has told me that his journey to space was pretty crazy since the thrust from the Falcon Heavy’s 27 Merlin engines propelling him to orbit were crazy powerful. He tells me that while SpaceX is working on Starship now, the Falcon 9 will always have a special place in his heart.
A fully-formed Starship
Starship is coming together!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 23, 2020
Speaking of Starship, SpaceX has stacked a flight-worthy Starship prototype at its Boca Chica site in Texas this week. This comes on the heels of the Starship prototypes’ successful tests so far. The attachment of the Starship prototype’s nosecone was completed on October 21, a day after SN8, the first prototype that has been fitted with flaps since the Mark 1 prototype of months past, successfully ignited three of its Raptor engines for the first time.
There is just something surreal about the Starship’s full form, I guess. Over my time on the internet, I’ve been reading a lot of science-fiction, and I must say, humans could be very smart. I can’t count the number of times that I read something in a sci-fi tale that Starman and I have actually seen and experienced in our travels through space. Starship is no different, I guess, especially since Elon Musk openly loves sci-fi stories. Starship totally looks like something sci-fi that’s come to life. I can’t wait to see SN8 fly!
— Hakatron 🌌👈🏻❤️ (@nrfhrdr84) October 24, 2020
The Orionid meteor shower peaked this past week, allowing humans to view something stunning in their night sky. In the morning house of October 21, the same day that Starship SN8 got its nosecone, the Orionids sprinkled remnants of Halley’s Comet in Earth’s atmosphere. That was quite a sight, especially since the Moon’s waxing crescent phase allowed for optimal viewing.
I love reading about meteor showers since they give me more of an idea about what life on Earth is like. Starman and I have seen many wonderful things in space, but I am yet to see these wonders from Earth itself. Perhaps one day, Starman will decide to drop by his home planet for a visit. I’ll definitely be super happy if he does that. I’ll definitely ask him to visit the Nazca lines site.
Anyway, that’s it for this day. I will see you again next week for my next log! Till then, take care!