I read a couple of different articles this morning, via Google News. By the time I had finished them, I came away feeling like maybe, just maybe, Mike Pence may actually play a role in the saving of humanity.
Full disclosure, Vice President Mike Pence is one of my least favorite people. I find his policies to be regressive, out of touch and punitive. That and I believe that religion has no place in leading our country.
Back to the articles. The first is from Fox News discussing how the newly discovered, dying planet may shed some light on the fate of our own planet. When, in about 5–6 billion years from now, our Sun will eventually, and violently, go from a yellow dwarf star to a white dwarf star. The inner solar system will be wiped out in the process, including the Earth.
However, during the process, Mars will get pushed out further and will likely survive the transition. I may be more of a realist than an optimist but, I am hopeful that our civilization will continue to evolve, survive and thrive, long into the future. On to the next.
A terrifying new study may have provided a window into Earth’s ultimate fate by looking at a newly discovered dying planet nearly 400 light years away. The study, published in Science, shows that the chunk of the unnamed dead planet (known as a “planetesimal”) has a metal core and is circling the white dwarf star, known as SDSS J122859.93+104032.9, once every two hours.
The second article comes from Ars Technica, in regards to a recent speech given by VP Mike Pence. Where he has charged NASA with ratcheting up our plans of returning to the Moon. Moving the goal post from 2028 to 2024. The news was received by the aerospace community with a healthy and understandable level of skepticism. Having previously been let down by Republican administrations in the past.
Regardless of Pence’s reasoning for charging NASA with halving the timeline, it’s a win in my book. Even if for some godforsaken reason, we are the only intelligent species in the Universe, doesn’t that make our mission of expansion and exploration even more important?
The sooner we get to the Moon and then Mars, the sooner that we’ll be one step closer to ensuring the long-term survival of our species. And, who knows, those four years could very well help to determine our success.
Speaking in front of a high-fidelity model of the Apollo program’s Lunar Module spacecraft, Vice President Mike Pence charged NASA with accelerating its Moon plans last week. Instead of 2028, Pence wanted boots on the ground four years earlier, before the end of 2024.