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1 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee WHERE ARE WE GOING?

2 WELL, WHERE HAVE WE BEEN? January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

3 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee 126 Years Ago My Grandfathers homesteaded in Kansas One of them planted this tree

4 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee 90 Years Ago My Grandfather and Father stopped farming with horses

5 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee 78 Years Ago I loved reading Buck Rogers, 25 th Century, and dreamed what the world might be, and what I might be

6 I bought the sub-title I was born 500years too soon! January 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Therefore, I Thought about space, but never worried about it. However, my interest was always there !

7 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? January, 2012

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

9 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee This happened prior to the Russians launching Sputnik!

10 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee 30 Years Ago I became quite interested in some Soviet Space Experiments

11 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Here are the results of one of their space launches, as seen from Finland

12 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee 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!

13 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee And Noctilucent Clouds became a research project of ours These are easily seen from orbit

14 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Now, to the Main Point! SPACE

15 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee A VACUUM HAS SOME REAL ATTRACTIONS (It Likes To Be Filled)

16 IN THE UNIVERSE There are bits of mass here and there Each bit of mass is mostly space So, the Universe is Mostly Space! January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

17 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee If we are going to understand the Universe, We must understand space

18 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee IS EMPTY SPACE EMPTY?

19 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee NO!

20 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee EVERY VOLUME OF “EMPTY” SPACE HAS PASSING THROUGH IT PHOTONS FROM EVERYWHERE !

21 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee 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)

22 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee INFORMATION OF ALL KINDS IS THERE INCLUDING THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE

23 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO GO INTO SPACE

24 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee EACH VOLUME OF SPACE NEEDS, (URGENTLY) A DETECTOR, A DATA PROCESSOR AND A BRAIN, SOMEWHERE

25 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee WE DO THIS IN A GREAT VARIETY OF WAYS

26 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Putting Detectors in Space is pretty common nowadays And data processors come cheap

27 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee WHILE THE BRAIN CAN BE ON EARTH IF WE CHOOSE PUTTING A BRAIN IN SPACE IS SPECIAL

28 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee REMEMBER A BRAIN IS CONNECTED TO DETECTORS, AND IS ITS OWN DATA PROCESSOR

29 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee SO, PUTTING A BRAIN IN SPACE IS A GREAT IDEA

30 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee But Difficult and Costly

31 (THE REAL PROBLEM IS TOILETS!) Brains come with bodies December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

32 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Let’s Take A Short Look At Launching Six Men Into Space On November 23, 2002

33 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee One of them is a long-time friend and colleague DON PETTIT

34 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Endeavor on its way to the launch pad

35 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Any Time of Day, It Is Beautiful

36 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Don always seems to be at the right place

37 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

38 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

39 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

40 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

41 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee ISS as seen Dec 3, 2002

42 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee As Seen Nowadays

43 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee SOMETIMES, BRAINS CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH PEOPLE and sometimes not

44 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee And Don in space can Report On Many Things He dreams up experiments!

45 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee The Solar System has dozens of places to visit with profit

46 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee The Moon

47 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Mars

48 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee IO, a Jupiter Moon

49 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Comets are frequent, and need attention!

50 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee A Strong Argument Can Be Made That Intelligent Life is Rare, even Exceedingly Rare

51 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Whereas In Days Of Yore Any Scientific Argument Giving Man a Special Place Was Manifestly Wrong

52 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Nowadays, A Different Picture Is Emerging

53 December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Our Sun is Enormously Stable, Even If It Doesn’t Look It

54 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee The Moon and The Earth are Truly A Special Duo

55 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Jupiter, As Big As A Planet Can Be Without Becoming A Star, Protects the Earth

56 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee For Life To Form On A Planet, It Takes A Very Special Solar System

57 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee And A Lot More Time Than The Sun Is Old! (This point it Debatable, but It Is My Carefully Considered Conclusion)

58 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee My Conclusion: There Is A Lot of Life in Our Galaxy, But We Very Well May Be Out In Front!

59 January, 2012 Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Decades Ago Los Alamos Developed A Nuclear Rocket Engine To Go To Mars

60 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee That Is What It Takes To Go To Another Solar System!

61 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Dr. Eric Jones (of Los Alamos) Has Concluded That If Man Goes From Solar System to Solar System Every 20 Generations

62 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee The Entire Galaxy Can Be Colonized In Only 60 Million Years! (An Eyeblink)

63 January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee Whatever One Makes of These Beliefs And Speculations, Aren’t We Blessed to See Man Embark On His Space Missions?

64 Well, we used to be! Now to see an astronaut launched We have to go to Kazakhstan January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

65 So, in December, 2011 I went to Kazakhstan to see Mr. Pettit launched again! January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

66 There, his American guests talked with Don when he was in quarantine

67 Watched the Soyuez on its way to the launch site January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

68 Saw it being erected

69 And Launched! January, 2012Dr. Robert R. Brownlee

70 It was truly special to see a Soyuz Missile up close

71 Don will be in the ISS until May, We’ll add information as necessary.. January, 2012Dr. Robert R Brownlee

72 So Americans are going into space Is America?

73 No, we are only watching We can watch Russia, the Europeans, the Japanese, and the Chinese

74 They have plans to go to the moon We do not. December, 2002Dr. Robert R. Brownlee


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