Has anyone ever considered how dismissive our label for everything outside out tiny little atmosphere?
Oh, the near infinity in which our entire existance is but an insignificant speck?
Yeah, that's space.
We've been to space!
Well according to Bill Bryson it's because it's mainly just space out there...
Anyway I signed up to email alerts from NASA that tell me when I can look up and see the International Space Station (ISS).
So last night i went out at 9:16pm and looked to the west at a max angle/height or 46 degrees and there it was hurtling through space, visible for about 4 mins and disappearing to the north east.
Seriously BLEW MY MIND. Like, there's people on that thing, it's SPACE SHIP, and it's visible a few times a week for a few mins at a time, yet most people never see it because they do'nt know when to look up. Sure, it only looked like a fast moving star (apparently if you get binoculars you can see the solar panels on it), but I can't wait until my boy is old enough to understand what he's looking at.
Yes, it's FREE, and you can sign up to the service here: http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
You can't call yourself a real space nerd until you've signed up...