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One of my favorite movies. It was SO uplifting, humbling and inspiring. What a story.
I am glad that NASA is trying to make amends. The initial indignities they lived through were inexcusable. Yes, in the movie, there is the great scene when they take down the ‘whites only’ sign in the ladies restroom. So, NASA now is taking things a bit further. That is good.
But, I am NOT thrilled that the road is named ‘Hidden Figures‘. Hhmmm. That is the name of a book/movie. It only refers to these three AMAZING ladies obliquely.
Yes, I would have preferred to have seen their names — and to have had this honor bestowed when all three were alive — though Katherine Johnson is still alive, at 100! And yes, Katherine Johnson does have a NASA facility named after her, albeit again but this year.
What about the other two. They need to be honored and remembered too.
But, better than nothing. So, another small step.
If you haven’t seen it, please watch the movie. I have seen it twice already. You will be glad you did. A wonderful story. Still very relevant.
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By and large I am rather fond of most Indians (and they are a lovable bunch of buggers in general), but they can drive you to distraction and beyond. They are a bunch of cowboys and cowgirls at heart — which is the real reason they venerate cows. That I have to suffer the ignominy, daily, of having to contend with two Indian-run outfits “Willow” (cricket) & “Hotstar” reminds me — daily — that they really couldn’t hold a successful bloody orgy in a Mumbai whorehouse. Their competence is to be incompetent.
This satellite destruction fiasco is but proof. Q.E.D.
If they jeopardize the ISS that would be criminal. I despair.
But, you have to laugh. Because, they will just wag their heads and say: “Very sorry. Very sorry. Not do next time. Very sorry“.
Definitely extremely interesting and intriguing. Wow. Orbital eccentricity of 1.1922! The greatest we have ever seen — the keywords here being ‘ever seen’. Comet ISON, that crashed and burned on Thanksgiving Day 2013 had an eccentricity of 1.0000015.
But, here is the deal with eccentricity. Anything over 1.0 means that the object will eventually leave our Solar System. That we know. But, what we cannot tell as yet is WHEN A/2017 U1 got that highly eccentric orbit. We just do NOT know — as yet. And maybe never will.
To claim that it must have originated OUTSIDE of our Solar System — is speculative. We do NOT have enough evidence.
NASA/JPL’s official statement confirms that: “So far, everything indicates this is likely an interstellar object, but more data would help to confirm it.” Note the ‘likely‘ and the part about ‘more data … for confirmation‘. That is exactly MY POINT and what I am trying to impress.
The claim that its orbit was NOT influenced by a close encounter with a planet — typically one of the BIG ones — is speculative. It could have been majorly torqued around by Uranus or Neptune. We don’t know.
I have a druthers that this is a very old comet — a periodic one at that, which on its last trip out, maybe 400 years ago got too close to a gas giant and had its orbit turned ‘upside down’.
We don’t know.
All I am stressing is do NOT jump to conclusions.
We know so little about what has happened in OUR Solar System and what is happening right now.
But, it is exciting.
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Come ON! This is just straight old Soviet Union-like propaganda. NASA trying to drum up some publicity in case Trump decides to chop its budget.
Why am I being so NEGATIVE about this new discovery and these 7 new Exoplanets.
Very simple. Because it means NOTHING. So what?
There have to be BILLIONS & BILLIONS, more likely TRILLIONS & TRILLIONS Exoplanets in the Universe. Simple as that.
That we found 7, 40 Light Years away means diddly. Just means that is as far as our CURRENT technology let us get.
We already know of and have catalogued upwards of 3,560 Exoplanets. So 7 new ones, however much they may look like Earth isn’t that exciting.
Plus, 40 Light Years is way, way, way too far.
The furthest we have managed to get, since the start of the Space Age 60 years ago, is 1.6 Light Days. Yes, 1.6 Lights Days. We have to go 228 times further to make that 1 Light Year.
So we have managed 1.6 Light Days in 40 years. So at this rate, assuming speed stays the same, it will take us 9,120 YEARS to complete 1 Light Year.
So, we are talking crazy distances, crazy timeframes.
MORE THAN LIKELY there is other life out there.
To always assume that this other life HAS to have the same requirements of Oxygen, water etc. in order to be a LIFEFORM is crazy and very provincial.
We just don’t know.
There could be life out there that is much more efficient that us. Maybe lifeforms that breathe pure hydrogen. Who knows.
But, this announcements doesn’t excite me.
Just a distraction.
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As a cynic I am skeptical that they will have anything ‘Earth Shattering’ — and IF they, by some miracle do, IT would be beyond extraordinary.
The nearest Exoplanet we know of now (and we know of over 3,500) is 4.2 LIGHT YEARS away. That is quite the distance.
Now MAYBE they will tell us that AT LAST we have picked up some radio signals that look like they are intentional. That is as much as I am expecting and even that is a HUGE stretch.
But, let’s wait and see. Just about 12 hours away.
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I was right! 40 light years AWAY!
Pie in the sky. More later (i.e., tonight).
This was NOT big news. We know of 3,500+ exoplanets already.
There HAS to be other life somewhere … We can’t be alone, we can’t be unique.
This belief that other life will be similar to us is not kosher.
Not sure that water HAS to be a prerequisite. I think we need to be more broadminded. There could be life that lives off Hydrogen. That would be much easier. More of it too.
Later … I am writing another book. No, not on exoplanets.
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‘Hidden Figures’ — The Movie: Incredibly Uplifting, Still SO Topical That All Americans Should Watch It.
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This was indeed quite the movie. Extremely uplifting and inspiring. A GREAT MOVIE for toady. Shows you that there is still HOPE.
So glad that we went to see it.
Quite a few personal touches for I. Yes, there was a lot of IBM (including punched cards) that was from my era and which I could relate to THOUGH I think they portrayed IBM poorly and unfairly. IBM, in those days, even more than now, were ultra diligent about new system installations. There would have been site surveys on top of site surveys. No they would never be hampered by a door that was too small to permit the computer to be wheeled in. And then they had FORTRAN.
I knew two mathematicians who worked for NASA for the Apollo program — both were men, though one was black. He (the black one), who taught me physics in Paris 1968 – 1969, was the one that got me into computers! And they showed Yuri Gagarin — and I was very fortunate to have met him, in 1961, when he visited Ceylon. I was 7-years old.
Great movie. I wish all Americans could see it. It should be shown in schools.
I am so glad I got to see it. I will watch it again when it is available online.
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