10 years ago, on November 2nd, humans climbed into a room, suspended on an average of 229 miles above the Earth, traveling at roughly 17,0000 miles per hour. The International Space Station stands as one of mankind’s greatest scientific achievements. It engenders the cooperation of dozens of countries spanning the bounds of language and politics.
It is a symbol of what we accomplish together. It is startling beautiful.
It’s accomplishments like this that inspire. 41 years ago we first landed on the moon. Mankind walked on the surface of another object in space. It’s almost hard to hold in your head that we actually did this, moreover something this country alone has successfully accomplished. That inspiration produced a generation of engineers, scientists, and thinkers like no other in history. They developed the theories and technology that has allowed mankind to orbit the Earth for 10 consecutive years.
Perhaps it’s all this that makes me feel wretchedly sick when I tune back into the petty partisan bickering, and short sightedness that’s been the major news for the past year during this especially vitriolic election period.
Unless you are into science, REALLY into science you may not hear, see, or read the absolute moronic way science gets misinterpreted, misunderstood, and misused by politicking. Whether it’s the Virginia Attorney General on his witch hunt against climate change science, Presidential ‘hopefuls’ that think humans walked with the dinosaurs, or any number of base ignoramuses that think it’s noble to block essential medical research due to their latest superstitious interpretations of 2,000 year-old writings, some days it’s enough to totally sap my will to enjoy life.
And then a video like this comes along. Turn off your cell phone. Turn up the speakers. Here’s 15 minutes of some of the most inspirational stuff I’ve seen and listened to in a long, long time.