THE UNIVERSE - YOURS TO DISCOVER
Doesn’t that sound exciting – and it’s true! Our Universe is filled with enough fascinating stuff to fill billions of light years and the Dragon Con Space Track wants to help you discover it.
Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, said -
“The dream of yesterday is the hope of today
and the reality of tomorrow”
The dream of yesterday has been the countless ages that mankind has looked into the heavens and wondered. What are the lights in the sky? Why do they move and yet return the same each year? And eventually, when will we be able to go there? The hope of today is to continue to expand our knowledge. Commercial space ventures. Protecting Earth from comets and asteroids. A human presence on Mars. Finding other Earth like planets. The reality of tomorrow is as wide as our own imaginations. Faster than light travel. Terra-forming other planets. Interacting with intelligent species from other worlds. Parallel universes. These are only a few of themes the Space Track has, and continues to, explore but there is so much more!
‘Space’ today encompasses almost the full spectrum of sciences and engineering. Astronomy? Cosmology? Sending humans into space? Those are still relevant but now there’s also AstroPhysics, Exo-Biology, Exo-Geology, specialized photography, Astro-Navigation, Aero-engineering, propulsion technology, Astro-Chemistry, human physiology, adaptive techniques for anything and everything humans need to live off planet and the list goes on. The scope of Space is as vast as the universe itself. We invite you to bring us your dreams and hopes of space and we’ll tell you how they could become the realities of our future.
We are the Dragon Con Space Track – We bring the universe to you!
**Space Track Director rain Remembers: The Landing on the Moon**
2014 is the 45th anniversary of the first landing and humans walking, on our Moon. I’m old enough to remember watching that. I also vividly remember watching the news of the tragedy of Apollo 1 and my mother trying to explain it me. Later that same year we would move to the Gulf coast of Florida where the ‘space race’ was happening on the opposite coast. One of my older sisters actually got watch a Saturn V liftoff. For me it was all on TV but was always on the news in Florida back then. : )
I remember being excited and almost unbelieving at the same time. Not that I didn’t believe it was really occurring, just that it was finally happening! It also meant my dad would be coming home. My father was an Air Force Master Sargent and had been TDY in Turkey – at what was then, one of 16 major tracking stations located around the world. My dad worked radar and tracking the Apollo 11 was part of his job but I didn’t know that until many years later. My father was old school. He never spoke about it, I don’t think he believed his daughters would have any interest. I’ve always wondered what he would think about his youngest daughter being such a space geek? He passed away 8 years before I got involved with DragonCon but I believe I got my love of science fiction from him and I like to think he would have gotten a kick out of the idea.
See, that’s what anniversaries do, they make you remember. They make you think. Those of us who do remember that time also remember the big dreams everyone seemed to have. A not so distant future where trips to space would be almost commonplace. Where our solar system could be thought of as Earth’s ‘back door’. We all saw ourselves as ‘The Jetsons’!
Where are those dreams now? In 1969 the human race had the technology to land and walk upon the Moon. We may have retained the basic knowledge but we no longer have that technology! Instead of advancing what we had, building upon what we had achieved, we let it slip away and now in the year 2014 even putting humans in low Earth orbit isn’t a sure thing. Men on the Moon are just distant memories. Much of the human population is afraid to go out their own ‘back door’.
Humans need to learn to dream again! Our children need to be inspired by the miraculous universe we live in. We are at our best when reaching for the impossible! All that starts with us. When we begin to dream of space again we inspire those around us. Inspiration can be contagious! Pass along your dreams and passion to the children in your lives and when their turn comes to run the world – maybe they will make our dreams come true!
We on the Space Track still hold those dreams and we bring you others who are trying to make them come true. Join us and remember your dreams. And in honor of Neil and Buzz and that first Moon landing –
“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”.