December 28, 2017

It Really IS Rocket Science!

It's moments like this that make me think about how humankind has progressed in my 50 years on this earth.

Some random person in Los Angeles, using a broadcast-quality camera in a hand-held communications device connected to a datasharing system that can be accessed world-wide, has recorded the flight of a reusable rocket 160 miles away, then shared it with potentially millions of people that, using equipment that is considered commonplace but in reality is more powerful than the combined processing power of entire nations when I was born, can view with amazing clarity the spectacular launch of a true reusable rocket into space carrying 10 communications satellites that will become part of an orbiting network that can be seen from your backyard without the use of telescopes, and nobody even blinks an eye about it and goes on looking for cat videos.

My god I do so love living in the future.

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1 Although otoh I remember as a child standing in my parents' backyard, looking up at the moon and knowing somebody was up there.

Posted by: AlanL at December 30, 2017 08:39 AM (h8yX6)

2 I'm still amazed by having heat in my truck on cold days. *sigh*

Posted by: Ed Hering at December 30, 2017 09:18 PM (h8yX6)

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