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WHERE ARE WE GOING?. WELL, WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?. 126 Years Ago My Grandfathers homesteaded in Kansas. One of them planted this tree. 90 Years Ago My Grandfather and Father stopped farming with horses.

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WHERE

ARE

WE GOING?

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

well where have we been
WELL, WHERE HAVEWE BEEN?

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

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126 Years Ago My Grandfathers homesteaded in Kansas

One of them planted this tree

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

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90 Years Ago My Grandfather and Father

stopped farming with horses

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

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78 Years Ago I loved reading Buck Rogers, 25th Century, and dreamed what the world might be, and what I might be

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

i bought the sub title
I bought the sub-title
  • I was born 500years too soon!

!

Therefore, I Thought about space, but never worried about it.

However, my interest was always there

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

who could have possibly guessed

Who could have possibly guessed

That I would see men launched into space, and one day would receive

a telephone call from a man in space?

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56 Years Ago, I participated in a nuclear test that has been credited by some for launching a man-hole cover into Space

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

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This happened prior

to the Russians launching Sputnik!

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The Question Arose: What are they doing, and can we understand it?

So we began some space experiments of our own to see what was up!

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

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And Noctilucent Clouds became a research project of ours

These are easily seen from orbit

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Now, to the Main Point!

SPACE

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

a vacuum has some real attractions
AVACUUMHAS SOME REALATTRACTIONS

(It Likes To Be Filled)

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

in the universe there are bits of mass here and there

IN THE UNIVERSEThere are bits of mass here and there

Each bit of mass is mostly space

So, the Universe is Mostly Space!

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If we are going to understand the Universe,

We must understand space

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is empty space empty
IS EMPTY SPACE EMPTY?

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NO!

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EVERY VOLUME OF “EMPTY” SPACE

HAS PASSING THROUGH IT PHOTONS FROM EVERYWHERE!

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

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It is Occupied By an Electromagnetic Field

And a Gravitational Field

(and dark energy, and maybe strings, or membranes, or things yet to be named)

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

each volume of space needs urgently a detector a data processor and a brain somewhere
EACH VOLUME OF SPACE NEEDS,(URGENTLY)A DETECTOR,A DATA PROCESSORAND A BRAIN, SOMEWHERE

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

putting detectors in space is pretty common nowadays
Putting Detectorsin Space is pretty common nowadays

And data processors come cheap

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

while the brain can be on earth if we choose putting a brain in space is special
WHILE THE BRAIN CAN BE ON EARTH IF WE CHOOSEPUTTING A BRAIN IN SPACE IS SPECIAL

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

but difficult and costly
ButDifficultand Costly

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Let’s Take A Short Look At Launching Six Men Into Space On November 23, 2002

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One of them is a long-time friend and colleague

DON PETTIT

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Any Time of Day, It Is Beautiful

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ISS as seen Dec 3, 2002

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As Seen Nowadays

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SOMETIMES, BRAINS CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH PEOPLE

and sometimes not

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And Don in space can Report On Many Things

He dreams up experiments!

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The Moon

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Mars

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IO, a Jupiter Moon

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A Strong Argument Can Be Made That Intelligent Life is Rare, even Exceedingly Rare

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Whereas In Days Of Yore Any Scientific Argument Giving Man a Special Place Was Manifestly Wrong

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

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Jupiter, As Big As A Planet Can Be Without Becoming A Star, Protects the Earth

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For Life To Form On

A Planet, It Takes A Very Special Solar System

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And A Lot More Time Than The Sun Is Old!

(This point it Debatable, but It Is My Carefully Considered Conclusion)

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My Conclusion:

There Is A Lot of Life in Our Galaxy, But We Very Well May Be

Out In Front!

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Decades Ago

Los Alamos Developed A Nuclear Rocket Engine To Go To Mars

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Dr. Eric Jones (of Los Alamos) Has Concluded That If Man Goes From Solar System to Solar System Every 20 Generations

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Whatever One Makes of These Beliefs And Speculations, Aren’t We Blessed to See Man Embark On His Space Missions?

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well we used to be

Well, we used to be!

Now to see an astronaut launched

We have to go to Kazakhstan

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and launched
And Launched!

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don will be in the iss until may 2012

Don will be in the ISS until May, 2012.

We’ll add information as necessary.

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Dr. Robert R Brownlee

no we are only watching

No, we are only watching

We can watch Russia, the Europeans, the Japanese, and the Chinese

they have plans to go to the moon
They have plansto go to the moon
  • We do not.

Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

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