posted on Jun, 17 2013 @ 06:26 PM
This image, and the way it makes me feel, totally encapsulate all the best reasons for mankind to do a more proactive job of exploring space. The
sense of wonder that this image, which I am conciously aware is a manipulated image, summons to my mind is vast. The very idea of being on a planet
which has rings, and being able to observe them from the sort of perspectives offered up in the image set provided, fills me up, excludes all other,
less staggering thoughts.
It makes you think about more than just the spectacle that is being represented as well. For example, can you imagine what it would be like to grow
up on a world which had rings? Time, and its measurement would have evolved differently, for example, as well as the ideas about space, the very
concept of space would be perhaps less of a stretch than it was for us here on Earth.
Also the reflected light from those rings would mean that any species growing up on such a planet, might have very different eyes than our own,
adapted for the constant presence of light. Skin too probably. There would be entire locations on such a planet that might not ever see what we here
on Earth refer to as a pitch black night.
Sure, my thoughts on this subject have precisely no weight to change anything, being as they are, the ramblings of a frequently drunk, utterly
insane, poorly educated, hairy bum. But if I, with my minimal education, can sit here, look at a couple of pictures, and begin to see the outlines of
what would be possible with a planet like that, can you imagine what it would feel like for a properly educated, trained, and wise explorer?
I am a sci-fi nut. I have been into it since... since I knew how to look up at night time, since the first time I saw a star. I know I will never get
to space, and I will certainly never get to the places I want to get to out there, because there arent even any programs for TRAINED individuals to go
to them as of yet, let alone morons like me. But images like this, and those which appear in my favourite sci-fi shows... They are the pale shadow of
impossible ambition, the friendly spectre of dreams that will never come true...
...For me at least. But I would hope that for some lucky S.O.B. in the future, my dreams will come true, that mankind will set foot on many worlds,
learn his place in the universe, and the universes place in existence. I hope that one day, shots like this will be taken by a person, standing on
unfamiliar soil, in unfamiliar gravity, with three suns, two moons, and inverse mountains, and be able to absorb the wonder of the moment, while
taking it in thier stride, as readily as I do an episode of my fave shows. I want that future for our species. A future where minds are active,
exploration for its own sake is applauded, not seen as a horrific use of resources. I want to see a future where mankind learns for the same reason
that its members breathe. Because they have to , because they couldnt live any other way.
The universe is cold, hot, beautiful and terrible. Contradictions on this scale are inspiring, and I hope that who ever makes it out there
appreciates the opertunity.