Archive for February, 2009

Si requiritis futurum nostrum, spectate astra!


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable

one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore

all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

G. B. Shaw



A few days ago I’ve contacted Ralph L. McNutt Jr., MESSENGER Project Scientist, to give him knowledge about the launch and leitmotiv of BEYOND THE CRADLE.

And obviously to ask him for his help in this enterprise in what it would be possible.

Although a window remained open for a future participation, probably around the time of the 3rd Mercury flyby coming up on 29 Sep of this year, there were some gifts, having in consideration this blog’s nature, provided by Dr. McNutt.

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Fridlund ahead!

From the spacEurope ages, there was a presence who marked the difference for the good will with which always replied to every solicitation, including the fact of making himself available to answer a set of questions posed directly by the readers.


That man was Malcolm Fridlund, ESA COROT Project Scientist.

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The successful launch of IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) came at an auspicious time. It seems that the solar wind flux, the effluence of the Sun that provides a charged bubble around our Solar System to ward off energetic radiation from dramatic, even catastrophic events from deep space that might ravage our small world is at an observed all-time low, though we’ve had just 50 years to measure it…indeed, to be aware of it at all.


What does this mean? What is significant about this fluctuation, if anything? We don’t know. We’re trying to find out.

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Herschel Log

As ESA’s Herschel and Planck missions are at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, waiting for a launch now only 52 days away, it is time to present the most recent collaborator of BEYOND THE CRADLE, just got word from Leo Metcalfe that he will maintain, in this new home the chronicles he signed back at good old spacEurope, starting next week.


Metcalfe is the Science Operations Manager for Herschel, ESA’s beautifully crafted mission that, when launched it will be the largest space telescope of its kind. Herschel’s 3.5-metre diameter mirror will collect long-wavelength infrared radiation from some of the coolest and most distant objects in the Universe. Herschel will be the only space observatory to cover the spectral range from far-infrared to sub-millimetre wavelengths.

With its ability to detect far-infrared light, it will let astronomers see, for the first time, dusty and cold regions that have been hidden so far, making it possible reshape our understanding about how stars and galaxies formed.

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Innumerable Suns Exist

Living beings inhabit these worlds.” 

“Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve around these suns in a manner similar to the way the seven planets revolve around our sun. 



Giordano Bruno (1548-1600)


More than 400 hundreds separate the vision defended by Giordano Bruno of the existence of other suns and other worlds beyond the solar system, more than 400 years were required for the first confirmation of a planet orbiting another star besides our Sun.

Now, in the first years of the XXI century, as we speak, our eyes are set in the distance.

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editor’s note | 01


Welcome to BEYOND THE CRADLE, a blog born with one quest in its genetic code, fight the good fight of promoting space exploration efforts worldwide.  

BEYOND THE CRADLE is the natural successor of spacEurope, a place that I have never expected to grow so fast.

I must be sincere, I never thought that spacEurope would develop in such a way that, two years after being created, I would be able to look back all the people who were part of it, all the people who helped bulding it, turning that simple blog into a place respected and recognized as a source of reliable information and working as a bridge between those who make things happen and the general public.

It was a great adventure, full of work but, more importantly, a true work of passion and admiration for the women and men who, by dreaming, questioning, building and launching us towards higher grounds of knowledge. 

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