Monkeys in Space

In 1947, the United States successfully put the first living creatures in space – fruit flies. After that success, the American space program spent 12 years trying to send monkeys into orbit. One failure followed another. Finally, on June 1, 1959 a squirrel monkey named Miss Baker and rhesus monkey named Able were placed aboard a Jupiter rocket. The two intrepid explorers shot 360 miles into space and traveled 1700 ground miles before safely splashing down in the Caribbean Sea. They spent nine minutes in weightlessness, proving that human-like creatures could survive in space. They returned to a hero’s welcome.

Able died a few days after the flight during a procedure to remove an electrode. Baker lived 25 more years, receiving 5o,ooo thousand letters per year from school children for many years. 300 people attended her funeral in 1984.

Here is a 1959 newsreel about their flight.

Keep on reaching for your stars!

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Space Dreams – The Affirmation Spot for Monday July 28, 2008

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Some dreams are not individual, but universal. Among the universal dreams of the human race, is the dream to experience outer space. From the earliest stages of our history, humanity has been intrigued with the cosmos. How big is it? What does it mean? Are we alone? Slowly, SpaceShipTwo (see short video) – a project funded by billionaire Sir Richard Branson and designed by American aerospace engineer Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composities LLC – is emerging from the top secret shadows of its development stage. This spacecraft is part of a growing worldwide race to commercialize space travel.

47 years ago Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to orbit the Earth. He piloted his Vostok 1 in one orbit of our planet in 108 minutes. Fueled by this event, President Kennedy set a goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s. Kennedy’s vision culminated on July 20, 1969 when the Apollo 11 mission, commanded by Neil Armstrong, successfully landed two American astronauts on the moon. Since those days the promise of space has been squandered by governments who were only interested in advancing their national interests; not the interests of humanity. We have returned to the more mundane drama of our petty squabbles over land, religion, and political systems.

We have been distracted by the latest about Britney Spears, the cost of gasoline, and the latest pennant race. Does the space dream still live within us? Can we muster our resources and our efforts to accomplish the greatest challenge in history – the challenge of space? For now, this form of privatized space travel is open only to the wealthy and elite. About 200 people have put up $250,000 a piece to go weightless for five minutes some time in the next few years. There is no immediate possibility of mass space travel.

Who knows if this latest round of space enthusiasm will lead to the broader human dream of space travel and exploration. It may become just a high-priced thrill ride for jet-setters looking for new adrenaline rushes. Nonetheless, it renews our hope that one day the beautiful night sky we stand awe-inspired in our driveways observing may be accessible to us all.

Stay inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

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The Moon and Beyond: Replacing the Global War Economy

Today’s Affirmation:

“I identify the things and the people that inspire me and I make them the centerpiece of my life.”

moon2.jpgCan space replace war?

What inspires you? What are the big dreams you have for yourself, your family, and humanity? Do you ever take time to visualize them in your mind and think about how to make them reality?

It’s difficult in our work-a-day world to make time for such considerations. Between work and soccer games and dance recitals and bills, making time to define a vision for the next day is sometimes a challenge. Next year? The next 10 years? These can seem like a lifetime away.

Inspiration is one of those human intangibles that causes us look beyond the immediate to something bigger.

The American Heritage dictionary defines inspiration as, “stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.”

Who are the people, what are the ideas, what are the things in your life that inspire you? Consider making a list and keeping it around you as you go through your day.

Some people are inspired by physical activity, the joy of creating, or a challenging puzzle to solve. Others are inspired by a great speech or an inspirational leader delivering a call to action.

tank_firingJust as individuals need inspiration, so do nations and humanity as a whole. One of the struggles of our present era is that we are so caught up in our petty differences – “the immediate” – that we are not looking at the big picture. Looking to our leaders seems a lost cause because, in many cases, they are the chief purveyors of the immediate. They have no vision for the future or for finding a way through our difficulties to the civilization we are capable of achieving.

We have a global economy that is largely based on war and conflict. Our economies and our technology development are driven by our desire for control of resources and minds rather than aspirations for something more. Developments in our world happen around profit. When asked why we cannot have peace in the world or why we cannot move towards solar power; I often quip that it is because we have not found a way to make peace as profitable as war or charge for sunlight. While a bit of an oversimplification, there is a lot of truth in it.

I’d like us to create a peaceful world for its intrinsic value and out of obvious self-interest. Unfortunately, the fact is that the global economy would collapse tomorrow, if we declared peace today. The interests that control our current global order are not going to allow that and so war (along with the ever-present excuses for it) are a reality until we can develop ways to employ people for peaceful means.

If we hope to create that world we need to find endeavors so big and all-encompassing that they inspire coming generations to look beyond “the immediate”. These endeavors must fire our imaginations and be on a scale that consumes all the petty struggles that now divide us. They must drive innovation that can employ billions around the planet.

There are very few things that could conceivably replace the global conflict economy. The two that immediately come to mind are solutions to our energy situation and space exploration.

Space exploration once inspired Americans and humanity. In the 1960s, the race to the moon, the moon landings, and even the near-disaster of Apollo 13 riveted the world’s attention. It truly brought a sense of “us” rarely seen in this world. When we see the world as “us” hurtling through space on a tiny marble in a vast blackness (the reality of our situation) rather than “us” versus “them” for some transient benefit or philosophical point, our perspective changes.

Ask any of the men and women who have been to outer space, regardless of nationality or faith, what their main take-away was. Nearly without exception, they will convey a sense of how small our world and its problems are compared to that vast blackness. You hear them talk about this “tiny marble” hovering in space.

Space exploration holds the potential to grant more and more of us the wisdom of the “tiny marble paradigm” and to replace the war economy. To me, that seems like two very positive steps in the right direction.

orion_spacecraft.jpgDuring my recent visit to NASA, I was privileged to take part in “Lunch with an Astronaut”. Retired shuttle astronaut, Jon McBride, spoke confidently about plans to send humans back to the moon by 2018. The program dubbed Project Constellation is part of the space strategy announced by President Bush in January 2004 called Vision for Space Exploration. The goal is create a permanent human presence on the moon by 2020 and to use it as a launching point for manned missions to Mars and beyond.

The cost, the technology, and the sheer scale of a project to explore and populate the solar system is far beyond the means of any single nation – even The United States. Such an endeavor would have to be a global effort and would be the beginnings of the kind of global economic and philosophical shift I am describing.

The first step is to convince the U.S. Congress and other governmental bodies around the world to work together and fund such a project. Our leaders have, unfortunately, demonstrated a decided lack of vision in this area for many years. After the ‘hey day’ of the space race, nations and people lost interest in space.

We were drawn back into “the immediate”. We had no time for grand visions. The argument has been for 30 years that we have problems here on Earth and money spent on space takes away from our ability to address those issues. This view holds space exploration as a resource drain rather than a resource provider – true to this point.

The money we took from the space program has not resolved those issues we argued it was needed to address. The problems are still very much with us, and we traded in our vision of something more.

Just as we need inspiration as individuals to move ahead in life, we need inspiration, challenges, and goals as a species to excel. Our leaders need to take John Kennedy’s example and inspire us to do great things again. We need to allow ourselves the guilty pleasure of being inspirable again.

It will take time, but I believe everyone can have what they want and need from this endeavor. The markets and the corporations can make their profits on something positive rather than death and destruction. Science and technology can grow to new heights to meet the challenges of space exploration rather than expending its genius on better ways to kill.  The people of the world can be employed by industries engaged in the single largest endeavor in history.

earth_space3.jpgI am not naive enough to suggest that human selfishness, greed, and criminality will suddenly evaporate in the dawn of this new day. However, I do believe we can all enjoy a saner, safer world firmly planted in the “tiny marble paradigm” rather than the self-absorbed, dogma-driven ego.

Are we going back to the moon? I sure hope so! Can you imagine how inspiring it will be to watch the first humans live on the moon or set foot on Mars? We need to gain back our sense of adventure and push ourselves to new heights – as individuals and as a civilization.

Take a few minutes today to create your list of things that inspire you and make them a centerpiece of your life. And every once in awhile, give some thought to what might inspire our world to be something more than it is now. Make your voice heard and let’s bring a more positive world to fruition.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.

He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.