[ExI] An Elegy for the Age of Space
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 13:35:54 UTC 2011
Elegy or... eulogy?
On 13 October 2011 10:51, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sad piece, lamenting the end of Mankind's leap into space.
> Wednesday, August 24, 2011
> An Elegy for the Age of Space
> The orbiters are silent now, waiting for the last awkward journey that
> will take them to the museums that will warehouse the grandest of our
> civilization’s failed dreams. There will be no countdown, no pillar of
> flame to punch them through the atmosphere and send them whipping
> around the planet at orbital speeds. All of that is over.
> That’s the second reason that the space age is ending, not just for us
> but for humanity. In the final analysis, space travel was simply the
> furthest and most characteristic offshoot of industrial civilization,
> and depended—as all of industrial civilization depends—on vast
> quantities of cheap, highly concentrated, readily accessible energy.
> That basic condition is coming to an end around us right now.
> So, it basically comes down to the fact that unless a new source of
> cheap, concentrated energy becomes available, our civilization has to
> drastically scale back the dreams of the future.
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