This is a repost from our sister site, Ty’s Blog
Alright, so here’s the thing, yeah? Space is freaking huge. I mean, you probably knew that already, but just in case you’re an idiot, I figured I’d mention it anyway.
Space has always fascinated the absolute crap out of me. I mean, dude? Most of the stars we see floating in the sky? Yeah, they’re actually just ghost images from several million years ago, due to the whole speed of light limitation thing. Everything we’re seeing above and beyond us, has more than likely long since died. In a way, that makes our entire night sky nothing but a graveyard of celestial bodies. Eerie, but fascinating all the same.
The shit we’re seeing right now, doesn’t exist anymore, at least not in the way that we’re seeing it. Every time we gaze up upon the stars, we’re actually looking several million years into the past. The universe is ever changing. For all we know, there could be billions of advanced alien societies floating up there, only to eventually die out, leaving nothing but dust and ash in their wake. If we should ever discover a signal from a distant alien civilization, there’s a very good chance that the signal was sent out to us thousands or even millions of years prior, depending on how far away the signal originated from. In a weird way, we may receive a signal from a ghost, instead of a living civilization.
Space fascinates me. The size and volume of it, as well as the exploratory possibilities for an upcoming race such as our own. To go where no man has ever gone. To be the first human to ever set foot on a world other than our own. These aren’t just mere dreams, but rather predictions. The human race is destined to travel through the stars, it’s only a matter of time before these dreams become a reality. Well, given our current society, it’s more a matter of money than it is time, since we already possess the technology to travel to distant planets, we just don’t yet have the money to allow for cheap space travel. Imagine if space organizations such as NASA had no monetary restraints. We could practically travel to Mars, or nearly any planet we wanted to, without any risks, and in a very short amount of time. We could standardize spacecrafts for consumer use, and implement technologies that we’ve yet been able to afford. We wouldn’t have to cut corners, because we’d have the money to do it all. To make our space travelling dreams come true.
Until that day comes, however, we’re going to have to settle for video games, and simulations. Games such as Elite Dangerous, or the upcoming No Man’s Sky. They both allow for you to explore a vast universe, with No Man’s Sky taking it one step further, and essentially becoming the world’s first full-size universe simulator. If you love space anywhere near as much as I do, you’ll definitely want to check out No Man’s Sky when it releases on August 9th.
In addition to No Man’s Sky, another space game that I’ve been playing a lot of lately, is Kerbal Space Program. If you’ve ever wanted to run your own space organization, just like NASA, ESA, and JAXA, then Kerbal Space Program is really your ultimate way of achieving your dreams. Just, don’t be surprised if your rocketships fail horribly, and the little kerbal creatures die in an explosion of fiery death. On the plus side, you’re not killing real humans with your failures. (plus their deaths are cute)
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So, comment, will you? Do it, right now. Or I swear to my hamster, I will find you, and murder you, just like I did my Kerbal.