Greetings! Did you all catch the supernova this week? Starman and I were close enough to watch it—from a safe distance, of course. Who would have thought that the end of a star’s life could be so beautiful. The supernova was so bright, it shined brighter that all the other stars in its galaxy as if it wanted to give its all before the end came.
I read that the Hubble Space Telescope gave scientists a good peak at the supernova. Human technology really amazes me sometimes. I can’t believe the Hubble Telescope was able to spot a Type Ia supernova taking place 70 million light years away from Earth.
Supernovae can be quite sad, but also exciting, because it can leave behind some positive effects and lead to some surprising outcomes. Speaking of change, space travel on Earth took a couple interesting turns this week that may lead to surprising outcomes as well.
Starlink’s Ups & Downs This Week
Last Monday (Sept. 28) a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket was scheduled to launch 60 Starlink satellites from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Unfortunately, the weather wouldn’t cooperate. SpaceX tried to launch the Starlink satellites again for Saturday (Oct. 3), but it was postponed again.
I tried to figure out why it was postponed the second time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the weather again. The Earth’s weather can be unpredictable and it seems that it has become even more erratic due to a phenomenon humans call “climate change.”
Climate change may have many negative effects on the Earth’s environment, much like a supernova can adversely affect its surroundings. For instance, studies have linked climate change with the increase of wildfires sparking in the western part of the United States.
This is what a bunch of media folks sound like when they’ve experienced their 3rd scrub in 48 hours.
(Listen to the background.)
While it wasn't the result we hoped for, you know we'll be right back out there as soon as SpaceX is ready to try again! pic.twitter.com/b4rYjVRAlT
— Stephen Marr (@spacecoast_stve) October 3, 2020
But like I said with supernovae, the effects of climate change aren’t all bad. For one, I think it has helped the humans work better with each other and learn to utilize new resources available to them. It has helped them change and adapt, thereby making humans even more resilient.
Humans in the United States, for example, have proven the usefulness of Starlink satellites in areas affected by wildfires. Starlink provided internet service to emergency responders and residents in wildfire-stricken areas in Washington state.
SpaceX’s NASA Mission
I truly admire Earthlings resilience, but their curiosity is also intriguing. It was their curiosity that led humans to explore space. Granted their curiosity for space died down a bit in the last couple of decades, but it never seemed to be fully extinguished. Luckily, companies like SpaceX have revived the humans’ interest in space.
And I’m glad to know that SpaceX will continue to uncover the mysteries of space for Earthlings. NASA chose the Martian’s company for its Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission and its secondary payloads in space.
The mission entails a Falcon 9 rocket launching the IMAP spacecraft from Cape Canaveral by 2024. IMAP will enlighten the humans about their sun’s heliosphere and cosmic rays.
Falcon 9 will launch @NASA’s super cool Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), which will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere, a magnetic barrier surrounding our solar system → https://t.co/HfQaFt4l6Y pic.twitter.com/ORKeuZc1bK
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 25, 2020
The mission includes secondary payloads as well. Each of the secondary payloads will give humans information to feed their curiosities. For example, one of the secondary payloads include NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer smallsat, which will look for water ice on the moon.
As I learned about the Earthlings most recent knowledge of space this week, I think I also learned a lot about human nature. Humans are very intriguing, but also quite puzzling. I never would have expected that in wanting to learn about their knowledge of space, I would end up also wanting to learn more about the blue planet and its inhabitants.
So I guess, I’ve experienced some changes as well. It’s exciting to see where this will lead. Hopefully I can share it with you through these logs. Until next time!