Thursday, April 5, 2012

Space...The Final Frontier

Cone Nebula

I am enchanted by outer space.  Are you?  The universe is such a big place, and it's full of bizarre and beautiful things that are so unlike anything we have on Earth.  Planets, moons, stars, asteroids, comets, black holes, nebulas, galaxies, and so much more out there that we just don't really understand.  I'd love to know what God was thinking as he created it all, and since the universe is always changing, does he watch with fascination, like we do?

The pictures from unmanned spacecraft sent into deep space, and space telescopes orbiting  our own planet, are breathtaking.  I saw in the news yesterday that the one-millionth photo had been taken from the International Space Station.  I would love to be able to travel there and take pictures of the things in space!  Imagine getting to travel to other planets like taking a car trip to Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon. That would be so cool!  It really isn't fair that space is so inhospitable and deadly for us.


The size of our solar system alone is mind boggling, but we know it's really only a very tiny part of the universe.  We just can't fathom such vastness.  NASA says the Voyager 1 probe has been traveling for over 34 years, at a speed of nearly 11 miles per second (yes, per second!!), is now in the outer regions of our solar system, but has not made it outside of it yet!  All of that travel time, and at that speed, and to still be in our own "neighborhood" is amazing!


So, I leave you with some of my favorite photos from space.  All are from NASA, and used with permission. 

Bug Nebula, formed by a dying star

Orion Nebula

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