The first future human mission to Mars and those that follow will require the ingenuity and dedication of an entire generation. It’s a journey worth the risks. We take the next step on that journey this Thursday, Dec. 4, with the uncrewed, first flight test of Orion.
Testing these capabilities now will help ensure that Orion will be the next generation spacecraft for missions in the 2020s that will put Mars within the reach of astronauts in the 2030s.
“NASA’s Orion Flight Test and the Journey to Mars”, NASA
I once dreamt of becoming an Astronaut, as most children do, but I went on to get my undergraduate degree in engineering and desperately tried to get into an internship with NASA while in school. I held fast to that dream until I was a sophomore, at which time I fell in love with technology support and the woman who would be become my wife.
Nevertheless, reading something like NASA’s post rekindles those not-so-forgotten desires and all I can think now is, “I would have been the perfect age for that mission.”
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.