It Was One Year Ago Today……

“We embarked on our cosmic voyage with a question first framed in the childhood of our species and in each generation asked anew with undiminished wonder: What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”

Carl Sagan

It was one year ago today that my good friend Ralph Buttigieg invited Dennis Chamberland and myself to contribute to a blog site devoted to exploration and discovery. I will always be forever grateful to Ralph for introducing me to the joys of blogging.

I have always been passionate about commemorating anniversaries and this month has no shortage of anniversaries. July 20th marks the 39th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing while July 29th marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

July 14th is a special day in my own personal calendar. I have chosen this date to celebrate the very human enterprises of discovery and exploration so vital to the past and continual survival of our species.

The lure and call of distant lands and new horizons is rooted in our very genes. This wanderlust is an integral part of our very being. Exploration and Discovery are imperative to our survival.

New challenging frontiers and worlds beckon us still. If we are to survive and grow we must heed this call and meet the challenge.

We must explore and settle the last great frontier left on our own world – Aquatica, the vast planetary ocean which girdles our planet awaits us. And, new worlds await us on the vast new ocean of space.

In 1978, paleontogist Mary Leaky and her team discovered the earliest hominid footprints (dated to be Three and a half Million years old) preserved in the volcanic ash at Laetoli, forty-five kilometers south of Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. They belong to one of our proto human ancestors – Australopithecus afarensis. The picture below shows one of the fossil footprints preserved at Laetoli, next to the boot print left by an Apollo astronaut on the Moon. From Olduvai Gorge to the Sea of Tranquility, we humans have traveled very far.

It is very symbolic of the giant leap forward we have taken as a species. We must return to the Moon, this time to stay, and become a multi-planetary species. We must learn to utilize the vast untapped energy and mineral resources of the Moon and the Near Earth Asteroids and take the next giant leap forward to transform our species – Homo Sapiens into Homo Stellaris.

So I dedicate this July 14th to my two co-bloggers Ralph Buttigieg and Dennis Chamberland, to you dear readers and to all explorers of every age and every epoch.

To mark this occasion I have chosen a series of videos that depict the past and future of those two marvelous enterprises we call discovery and exploration. And each is my personal greeting card to the many people who have fueled my own personal wanderlust. So happy anniversary to all and, to all a good cheer.

To the memory of Carl Sagan, who fueled my love of science, and to Explorers of every age and epoch I dedicate Lang Kasranov’s Fantastic Documentary “Pale Blue Dot”

Journey with Carl Sagan as your guide, from humanity’s wandering and nomadic antiquity to the present day. Some time before he died in 1996, Carl Sagan recorded a partial audio version of his 1994 book “Pale Blue Dot”. Often described as the “sequel” to Cosmos, the audio version of Pale Blue Dot is, at this moment, regrettably out of print. This video is “episode one” of an unauthorized attempt at producing a series of videos based on Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” audio book, Combining the book’s narration with a soundtrack and appropriate imagery intended to recall the feel of the classic BBC and PBS documentary series such as “Ascent of Man” and “Cosmos”. Please make it a point to visit Lang’s official project website. The full version of Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan – Episode 1: “Wanderers” can be seen on Google Video.

In Honour of My Good Friend Dennis Chamberland who got me involved in the Atlantica Expeditions Undersea Colony Project:

David Attenborough’s Planet Earth-Ocean Deep

To the Men and Women of NASA who make it happen and are paving the way for the next chapter of the Space Age – When We Left Earth Episode One and Project Constellation

And finally to Gene Roddenberry who gave me a glimpse of what the future may hold for us who dare to dream – STAR TREK 40th Anniversary Tribute 1966 – 2006

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1 Response to “It Was One Year Ago Today……”


  1. 1 "Kasranov" July 15, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Hi Alex — thanks for continuing to mention my video, and for keeping your blog rolling. Congrats on one year! I’ll let you know when PBD Ep. 2 is ready! lk


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