Grounded, both feet firmly on terra firma, time to reflect or refract and refocus. Volcanos, (and earthquakes) are evidence that standing our ground can never be taken for granted. Yippee for geologists and seismic sonars and sod the fact that the Earths greatest cities are built on major fault lines.
On a local level we have dark skies, and Simon Parkes whose interests among many, lie above most peoples horizons. It is not unusual to seek solace by the sol and afterall the human race is driven by the lunatic energy, luna cycles that have guided many of the Earth's cultures pre Romans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scp2TtAWjLg (is that a Captain Kirk impression or what?) lol (Oh. ;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_8iFCJovdo
In the same week as the character 'Spock' was celebrated I defy anone who claims they have never looked 'up', and pity those stuck in a groove. All in my very humble opinion. Each to our own, we are all unique, tho most tend to be tribal, clannish or civilised, some walk alone, few lead, others follow blah blah waffle ... be it magic, design, destiny ... is it the journey or destination, long or short haul, do we need to know. No. Erm, mebbe ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UxU8s7Au0A&index=4&list=RD_3y8B4r999U
Tinks fracking and potash have been flogged to derth, and even my 'own' ... "if you mention (f word) fracking once more I will frottle you ..." - fair dos. Yeah but no but yeah but , I never quite got the bottom of it ....
Curiosity - indeed, is often halted: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/04/mars-rover-curiosity-halt..., far fetched, but not for some. To explore.
Sergie Korolev the man that walked the earth and achieved and enabled the ultimate (imho) of human endeavours, the Space race. Though many have equally argued the space race is a waste of resources, research and development and indeed cost. For many years he was Russia's best kept secret, tinks velcro - a name stuck in a fuzzy but reasonable world.
OK, back to here and now. The geopolitical landscape of the oil and gas industry has been rather, erm dominant in the media. Sadly. Snakes & Ladders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1AiypRfTfc
Looking behind the scenes it is not hard to find the other 'race', the space race has been running on full throttle, with internal and external battles to boot.
NASA v Space X, Yanks v Ruskies. Is it the same old same old?
Starting with the 'conspiracy theories' & skeptics ... http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2014/01/30/mysterious-moon-base-d... "how easy it can be to see things that we want to see, while ignoring what is really there"
To close misses ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/meteor_explodes_over_earths_beav...
Recent past ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/04/orion_launch_scrubbed/
To blowing bubbles and balloons : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/14/nasa_contract_bigelow_bubble/
To Elon Musk 'pay pal mafia' : http://uk.businessinsider.com/peter-thiel-elon-musk-is-the-most-impressi...
The Ruskies: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102305954#.
Perhaps the most telling ""I don't ever want to write another check to Roscosmos after 2017," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at a press conference at the Johnson Space Center, referring to the Russian Federal Space Agency.... ."
Ooops, great stuff that old fashioned thing called erm ... gravity.
One on and on and on it goes.... in ever decreasing circles .... the lunatics really are running the assylum. Yep it hurts the head.
t'internet and off-world surveillance? I know just the place.