Mercury-Atlas 4 launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sept. 13, 1961 (image: wikipedia.org)

Observe And Learn Meets Spin Doctor: Concerning Hobbits And Space Exploration

by NICOLAS D. SAMPSON

Previously – Observe And Learn: The Greatest Adventure In History

In the previous article we saw how our leap into space was a monumental and historic achievement.

Now let us examine how it came about.

A Crazy Idea

There was a time when it was said that nothing existed beyond our world. It was believed that the earth was flat and the sky was a bundle of spheres from which the stars hung. Those who regarded the heavens as an endless space riddled with secrets, which we could explore with telescopes, and maybe even venture into, were deemed heretics or wackos.

Well, to cut the long story short, the heretics and wackos were right. Our planet is not flat, and neither is any other planet in the sky. As far as the sky itself is concerned, it is both endless and penetrable, and penetrate it we did. Imagination and common sense broke down the celestial sphere misconception, shattering the boundaries, revealing a flurry of stellar objects dancing in magical harmony to the tunes of an elegant universe.

The Sky Is The Limit…

With the horizon jarred open, the world was now ours. We took a deep breath and leaped into the unknown, taking the first steps beyond the confines of the established world and into what was once deemed inconceivable, meaningless and impossible to exist.

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