Lost In Space

When I was a kid back in 40’s, there was a science fiction comic strip called how big is the universe, the big universeBuck Rogers. It was about space travel to other distant planets in their rocket ships. Back than we never dreamed we would ever be able to actually journey to the moon.

In the late 40’s a jet airplane broke the sound barrier going over 600 MPH. Just one year before this happened a math teacher explained to his class, using a blackboard,  how it would be impossible for a plane to fly fast enough to break the sound barrier.

The first time I heard a plane break the sound barrier I was about 10 years old. I heard this loud explosion in the sky and I thought the world was coming to an end.

In the 50’s I spent 3 years in the Marine Corps Air Wing. We had the F4D’S experimental super sonic jets, 12,00 MPH mach 2 speeds. We lost 6 aircraft in the first year before all the kinks could be worked out of them.

October 4th 1957 the Space age began and the Soviet Union launched the first artificial unmanned satellite to circle the earth. [Sputnik]

The first manned space flight in human history was successfully undertaken on April 12 by Major Yuri Alexeivich Gagarin, a Soviet Air Force officer. Khrushchev said in one of his speeches, “Gagarin flew into space, but didn’t see any God there”.

John H. Glenn, Jr.made America’s first orbital flight on February 20, 1962, piloting the Mercury-Atlas 6 Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. We all remember the excitement of this space mission as millions of us watched this historical event on our black and white TV sets.

About this time a new TV program called “Lost In Space” aired for the first time. It was about a space colony family struggles to survive when a spy/accidental stowaway throws their ship hopelessly off course. They have all kinds of adventures and dangers as they travel around the universe.

On July 1, 1969 a space ship called the Eagle. with three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Michael Colline, and Edwin Aldren took a fantastic incredible 240,000 mile journey to the moon. Many of us watched our TV’s all night long. Between 1969 and 1972 6 more trips would be made to the moon.

Now there talking about traveling at the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second!! Scientists tell us at this great speed time would stand still, and somewhere beyond this speed we would go back into the past!

The nearest star other than the sun [sun is 93 million miles away] is 25 million, million miles from the earth. Traveling in our fastest jet we have today, it would take a million years to reach the nearest star, and this great distance is only one billionth the distance to the farthest star we know about!

We live in a galaxy called the milky way-and scientists tell us there are billions of galaxies like ours in the universe. Many scientist believe the universe could be infinite – it goes on forever!

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