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50 years later I still watch NASA!!!!!

The graphics processor you are using to read this post and view the picture of Gwen was developed originally by scientists to allow the display of rapidly changing information. The graphics chip would later become the property of a company based in Texas, called Texas Instruments.  But originally it was a NASA idea. Radios in particular land radios or LMR (Land Mobile Radios) were greatly improved to beam a signal to the moon, and back. NASA had its fingers in all sorts of technology. It still does, but the reality shifted. Technologists used to follow the government in terms of new technology. The USSR, China, and the US changed technology rapidly from 1946 to 1970.

Then a Charlie Chaplin impersonator on roller sakes introduced the PC Junior. From there, it has been a race. From windows 3.11 (or as it was called at the time Windows for Workgroups) to the new Windows 10, the things embedded in the Operating system that cost nothing is beyond amazing. The old joke used to be that if Chevy built cars like windows they would work for a week, then you would have to call support. The reverse of that is true. If Chevy built cars the way windows for computers are built, Air-Conditioning, HD AM/FM, GPS, and many other features would be free in the base price of the car. Oh, yea and the car would sell for roughly 30 dollars more than the original price 25 years ago.

Fifty years ago yesterday morning, the world changed forever. The new dreams, another human on the moon and humans visiting Mars are insight. Most likely NASA says it is 2024 for their next person on the moon mission. China is days away from launching a mission to the moon with humans on board. The international space station has now been active for many years. The findings from what happens from long term time in space are beginning to be revealed (two NASA Astronauts are twins). One of the twins was on the ISS; his DNA si modified enough so that there is a measurable difference between the two identical twins. Astronauts on the ISS are growing and eating food, grown on the station.

We are entering a new phase of possible!

  • Have you seen the Orion space craft launch?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Should Mars be our next goal?

    • Yes
    • No
  • or should returning to the moon be the primary goal?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you wonder when you look at the stars?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

18 points

Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. I think we should first of all direct our energies to the moon. Until we learn more about it including the anomalies can we start exploring the mars in depth. The moon holds more mysteries than Mars.
    In matters of migrating to Mars, it’s a different thing.

    • Interesting. Out of curiosity based on the growing reality of medical science improving and the ability to grow more and more food communications and systems to help people…

      where do you think that improvement came from?

  2. Space and space achievements have never been of interest to me, my friend … this money could be spent more wisely and there would not be so much poverty in this world….it’s just my opinion

  3. I love to look at the stars. I have no desire to travel to them. (Officially, I am a wimp.) It’s kind of like parachuting (There is no reason for me to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.) I have no good reason to go to a planet that I cannot live on or see wildlife.

    I guess I truly don’t have a sense of adventure. Gosh, that’s kind of sad to finally learn.

    I do appreciate very much that you always make me think.

      • Spending more money on solar and wind power, weaning third-world countries off of coal. We also need to clean up our oceans and beaches of plastic trash…Not climate-change related but it’s at a crisis level. Other than that, I’m not an expert on climate change; so I don’t know the particulars of what it would take to turn things around.

        • I agree with you. That should be a priority. Firstly, to improve the conditions of life on Earth. However, we must also look for a spare planet. If this one is at a critical stage, humanity can be saved and extended life.

          • Improve life on earth.


            Typed on a window in a site, on the internet. The internet was invented by scientists to communicate.

            I think if you want to make the world a better place to reduce MILITARY funding globally first. Then start cutting programs that have changed the world for the better, already.

          • I didn’t know that; but that doesn’t matter. Funds could be allocated for climate change/pollution reform rather than space exploration. I personally don’t think that the Earth will ever get to the point of overpopulation. This may be a grim stand; but I believe that the next pandemic is right around the corner…or Yellowstone could blow its cork…or a meteor could strike…all food for thought.

        • someday.

          I grew up knowing that there was more of the world than we could easily see. That the perspective of inward viewing led to failure.

          I would say keep space exploration.
          Improve the climate.
          Drop military funding to pay for it…

    • Now see, I would argue that in fact if there is a group even remotely able to impact climate change it would be science and NASA.

      They have the option of making changes top down to the environment.

      I would cut the military budget globally long before I ever touched a single science program.

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