Guess what, guess what, guess what? It’s Space Week!!
I’m not even a good enough writer to convey my excitement but I am going to try.
The Science Channel has taken a page from Shark Week’s book and made it even better. This entire week starting tonight at 9 pm/cst they are running every space show imaginable beginning with the touchdown of the lander Philae on the Rosetta Comet live. They will not only be running the normal programs like my favorites How the Universe Works and Through the Wormhole but they are starting new ones such as Strip the Cosmos, Which Universe Are We In?, and Powered by Space. I am breathlessly waiting on Which Universe Are We In? like most 20 years olds would a 1D concert.
I am a space nut. Every single night, I go to sleep watching either How the Universe Works (it used to just be called The Universe but I guess that wasn’t catchy enough so they changed the name) or Ancient Aliens. I have seen every episode of every season multiple times. It is my background noise for when I am cleaning or doing my nails or browsing the internet. The only thing that is ever on my television is the Science Channel, H2 or football, everything else I watch from my laptop but they are still playing on my TV in the background then too. I cannot get enough of wormholes, black holes, outer dimensions, dark matter, supernovas etc.
When I was 11 or 12 years old my cousin Heather and I started an Astronomy Club out of her walk in closet and we were serious. We had posters of the planets (Pluto was still a planet then bless him), we had notebooks full of universe facts, drawings of comets and asteroids and we met several times a week. Of course, we didn’t let anyone else join because we felt that no one would take it as seriously as it deserved but it was great. This was the beginning of my fascination with the stars and beyond.
I think one of man’s greatest achievements is the space program. We have gone to the Moon, landed multiple rovers on Mars, have a space probe that has made it all the way outside of our solar system and we are fixing to land on a comet. This takes such massive amounts of time, patience and brain power, the likes you can’t even imagine. Think about it, Voyager launched in 1977 and has just now exited our solar system and Philae was launched in 2004 and will finally meet up with the Rosetta Comet tonight after traveling an estimated 4 billion miles. I can’t travel more than 100 miles without massive planning so 4 billion seems almost made up.
I am going to wind it up now before I really get going and bore you to tears but if at all possible, round up your family and watch a little slice of history being made tonight.
I often like to dream that in another dimension I am a famous astronomer/physicist and Pluto is still a planet. Also, this post is in no way sponsored, just in case you thought I was popular enough to be paid by the Science Channel.