This is the famous sequence re-known world over that precedes the launch of a space mission. This sequence has preceded the countless number of space missions or to be exact 135 missions to space that have carried bold men and women to space… The final frontier.
Now we must embark on a journey. A journey that will take us to the deepest recesses of the cosmos and to the little cosmos that exists within us. A journey from earth … Which must begin with this sequence: T-minus 10 ‘ activate main hydrogen burn off system, T-minus 6.6 main engine start, T-0 solid rocket booster ignition and LIFT OFF!
Our journey first begins with some intense speed approximately 7,850m/s or in more understandable Lay mans units 28,000 km/h but with a cupped acceleration of 29.5m/s2 (3G) so as not to compromise the structure of our rocket and our safety. That will see us at this rate, reach space in about 8min 30seconds. What can you do in 8min 30seconds? Not much I presume, maybe move one meter in this horrible Nairobi traffic.
The first heavenly body we will pass is the moon. Our sole satellite formed around the same time as our planet 4.453 billion years ago when it (the earth I mean)collided with a Mars size object during the chaotic birth of our solar system which has since come to pass and we are now enjoying a relatively quiet period in the solar system.
Speeding through the solar system, we will now pass Mars our cousin planet, Jupiter the gas giant, Saturn the jewel of our solar system, Uranus, Neptune the blue planet and finally to our dwarf planets Pluto, Eris, Makemake, Haumea and Ceres not forgetting our inner planets Venus the beautiful and Mercury the speedster. From this point onwards we are now reaching the furthest recesses of our solar system the Oort Cloud or the Kuiper belt a place full of icy objects where most of, if not all comets originate from a good example being Halley’s Comet which we will see next in the year 2061 ,I am sure many of us reading this post will be alive and kicking then.
Now that was a lot of information to crunch regarding our solar system, right? but trust me, we have barely scratched the surface regarding the countless phenomena and intriguing composition of the planets and even our own planet which you will find most interesting with the upcoming posts.
With the close of this post I leave you with the few but very profound words of my great Mentor Dr Neil DeGrasse Tyson ” I bid you to keep looking up”
In the next post we will be looking at the Kenyan sky and the heavenly bodies we are fortunate to see, where and when to see them and explanation of the phenomena we see and the common myths and misconceptions regarding them.