No, not a Chicken Little Reference.
On this day in 1997, Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Oklahoma was struck a glancing blow on the shoulder by a 6 cm piece of space junk. Later identified as a tiny bit of a Delta Rocket launcehd by NASA launched a few months before, the bit of trash was the first (and so far only) piece of junk to ever strike a human being on reentry. While I’m keen to keep it that way, it’s a testament to how much crap we’ve thrown into orbit and just left there or forgotten about. I’m plenty eager for the second Space Age to get under way, but I have this feeling that a good chunk of the early work involved is going to be cleaning up the stuff we don’t use anymore.
So why celebrate it? Well, the fact that there’s enough stuff we’ve put in the big black to consider some of it garbage is a testament to the pretty incredible things the human race has accomplished in its time in the universe, at least when we put our hearts and minds into it. Greater things are coming, without a doubt, and it’s a good reason to ask ourselves two questions:
- What do I want the future to look like?
- What am I doing to help that future get here?
- What else can I do?
All things we each need to answer for ourselves and then reach out to other like minded people. It’s the only way we’ll get the future we really want.
Be well, everyone.