The Space Stuff

Did you notice all the news coverage last week about NASA, Apollo, and walking on the moon? I sometimes wonder what it was like to be alive in 1969 during the live event. The wonder of space – so mysterious, vast, out there – gives us much to geek out on.


Documentaries

I love to watch the real deal when it comes to space. The staggering power of rocketry, the bewildering danger of space flight, the overwhelming cost of cosmic exploration – these are very real and unavoidable aspects of going off planet.

There’s nothing small, easy, or simple about space. Everything is big. It’s all a huge risk. All you gotta do is kinda bend a law of physics, you know, defy gravity. No biggy.

Documentaries show us what it takes and how it looks to go to space – whether that’s sending a person to the moon1 or shooting a satellite to the edge of the solar system.

This is for-real-space-stuff! All the star gazing mankind has done for millennia, all the stuff people have dreamed of doing in space, real people really accomplish it. And we mere Earthlings get to observe these wonderful feats in safety.

All this is so awe-inspiring because it’s not science fiction; it’s reality.

If you missed the live event of man first walking on the moon, one way to relive it is to watch Apollo 11, which was released earlier this year. It’s all archival documentary type footage but raw, meaning there’s no commentary over it.

Speaking of movies to watch, I recently bought several space flicks and watched them!

Sci-Fi

While our real space endeavors are truly amazing, who doesn’t love space sci-fi!? The astronomical void of space has filled the imaginations of many!

For people who dislike sci-fi geekery, they’re still aware of pop-culture references from Star Trek or Star Wars. The genre of space stories is so popular that it has created a sort of sub-culture, yet its impact is also mainstream.

Blockbuster movies like Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy with different tones both share the same science-fiction laden space; they spark wonder in their own way. You don’t have to be a sci-fi geek to enjoy these tales of space.

From movies to books, sci-fi sagas that deal with space take on a vast mysterious wonder that’s full of other-worldly objects. It’s no wonder sci-fi is full of hi-tech accoutrements and futuristic ideas from laser swords to time travel.


When it comes to space, sci-fi stories are fantastic by themselves, yet they also fuel the real space stuff.

Space-Fi expresses mankind’s dreams of exploration, discovering more than what’s on Earth. And eventually we begin to realize some of those dreams, like putting a man on the moon.2

We all have a natural curiosity, so the immense vacuum of space naturally draws our gaze. I sometimes go outside at night with an app on my phone that identifies celestial bodies. I look up to the heavens and wonder, is that a star I see, or is it a planet?

I’m not a kid anymore, yet my sense of wonder is not lost. It’s out there in outer-space where my imagination has plenty of room to reach out and go where no one has gone before.


Does space stuff draw your gaze in wonder? Tele-communicate below or message me. Thanks for reading!

  1. Who will be the first woman on the moon?
  2. If you believe that it wasn’t staged of course.

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  1. I was five years old when they landed on the moon. I‘ve been hooked on space ever since. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid but never chased that dream. I, like you, love geeking out with great sci-fi and dreaming about other worlds. Have you ever used the app Sky Guide? It’s fantastic. Not only does it tell you all about the stars and planets you see (it follows your motion to show you in real time), but it alerts you when the international space station is going to be overhead so you can go out and see it pass by. So cool! Great post.

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