It’s been a few years now since we sent up the first probe into orbit. Now there is a huge layer of space junk orbiting this planet. All of these various manmade objects had a purpose and a few still are actively sending back data. Some are taking pictures of the earth’s surface, some are making meteorological measurements, some are bouncing back telephone conversations and TV shows. Most have completed their task and just hanging out.
Ever since the Hubble telescope taught us about the multitude of galaxies afar off, there’s been a huge fascination with “deep space”. Now, it almost seems like these “cosmologists” have it all figured out: how stars are born, how they were “created” and how they “die”. Right at this moment there may be hundreds of “cosmologists” going over all sorts of data streamed back from manmade orbiters and some that are zooming thru open space to various destinations out there.
They seem so confident that radiation measurements of various sorts can tell the whole tale of each heavenly body’s existence. That and of course those wonderful images that keep flowing back from Hubble. Every conclusion is therefore an ironclad case that hold the public in awe of the powers and intellectual skills of this lofty branch of science. I was once one of those so impressed. But, it seems that every time we get up and close to our neighboring planets of this solar system, all the predictions of what they would be like made by the same cosmology departments turned out totally wrong. So, how impressed should we be about their tall tales concerning those MUCH more distant celestial objects?
It’s my guess that they don’t have a clue about them either. Even the visible light coming from so many is reaching us after hundreds if not thousands of years travel across space. Maybe some aren’t even there any more…