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 Neil Armstrong**
When Neil Armstrong passed away in 2012, his family released a statement well befitting his life. At the end of that statement they said,
“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.”.
I find myself doing just that every time I look at the Moon now. It’s not even a conscious thought; I look up at the Moon and I smile at it. Then I give it a wink. I think of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking around on that surface that no human had ever touched before. I think of Michael Collins all alone in the Command capsule looking down not really knowing where his compatriots were. As an adult I understand their courage and the astounding achievement of all those involved in getting them to the Moon, much more than I could have when I watched the Moon landing live as a child. What hasn’t changed is my wonder and awe – I hope it never does. So, the next time you look at the Moon, think of Neil and Buzz and Michael. Smile, and give them a wink! ; )