I imagine it’s like being back 500 years ago when explorers were pushing back the boundaries, finding new worlds, expelling myths of dragons and bringing back wondrous artefacts. Where will we be in space 500 years from now?
|Stately galleons ghosting west
through ripe vermilion dusk
towards the setting sun;
ducking, dipping, bucking stallions
on the whinnying waves.
Sailors brave the savage ocean’s lash,
fearless of sea-beast dragons,
impassioned in discovering
new lands, new worlds, new lives.
White-wash wagons roll, coasting west
The probe has breached the solar crest,
Galleons, wagons, probe,
12th September 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Boldly going where no probe has gone before’: Nasa confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system.” After a 36 year journey, the probe will allow humans to understand what exists in interstellar space for the first time. It launched in the year Elvis died, just as the personal computer was making its public debut. And tonight, after months of feverish expectation, Nasa confirmed its Voyager 1 probe had entered the deep and unknown space between the stars and exited the solar system. The probe officially becoming the first man-made object to leave the solar system was the culmination of a 36-year dream for Nasa who said it was a scientific and historic “milestone” that would allow humans to understand what exists in interstellar space for the first time.