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April 12, 1961

To Go. Just Go. Where the will leads the step.
To Go. Just Go. Where the calling echoes.
From the journey to be to the territories to discover.
To Go. Just Go.
Having the moment as compass and ourselves as the hurdle to overcome.
Win the desert, the mountain, the valley, the sea, the beyond. 
Crawling, walking, sailing, flying. 
To Go. Just Go. Stumbling, falling, rising. Always was, always will be our path.
We are what we listen, what we sight, what we walk.
To Go. Just Go.
To the corners of the Earth, to the corners of the Universe, 
to the corners of ourselves.
There is a wind, precursor of a new departure.
We are, once more, aiming at the distance.
To Go. Just Go.
We are the whole quest.

Triton and Neptune: 20 years since Voyager, 6 years before New Horizons – with Dr. Paul Schenk

Editor’s Note: It is really a pleasure for me to watch the Beyond the Cradle family getting bigger…

Our most recent collaborator is, currently, a staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston Texas. Paul Schenk has been mapping the icy satellites of the outer planets since graduate school days at Washington University in Saint Louis and is currently assisting the New Horizons team plan Pluto encounter observations for July 2015.  Read his full profile back at the Collaborators Lounge, now…let us follow Dr. Schenk on a ride to Triton…

ppsThis August will mark 20 years since Voyager 2 ended its main mission with a hair-raising pass over the north pole of Neptune.  While Voyager continues to report on conditions far from the Sun, its 10 year tour of the Outer Planets ending at Neptune was a benchmark in human exploration.   The last solid object that Voyager encountered was Neptune’s exotic moon Triton.  Slightly smaller than Earth’s Moon, Triton could not be more different.  Coated in alien ices of frozen carbon monoxide, nitrogen, methane, and corbon dioxide, among others, Triton also has a geologic history just as alien and youthful as Europa and Enceladus.  I have generated new topographic data from these old images, and shown here as a simulated fly over of the surface, give us a fresh perspective on this bitterly cold moon, chilled to a lonely 35 degrees above absolute zero near the edge of the Solar System:

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BtC Channel #0002 – Keep Your Dreams Alive

It was approximately a year ago that I had the pleasure of receiving a phone call from ESA astronaut Hans Schlegel, two weeks after his return from the International Space Station. Schlegel was part of the STS-122 mission which had the objective of delivering the European Columbus module to the ISS.

That talk was posted at the spacEurope blog but, somehow, I couldn’t let it behind and, after editing it and give it a new look, decided to bringit  to this new home…

The reason for this are, undoubtfuly, some of the ideas transmitted by the astronaut which were, are and will endure as truly inspirational.


And… ah well…just looked like the perfect way to kick-off the BtC Channel emissions….

I’m no expert on editing so, visually, the work is a bit, repetitive…after watching it I know you would recognize Schlegel at night with your eyes closed…but the most important thing here are the words, the message, the lesson, the encouragement given by the astronaut for me, you, everyone, to find the issue and to keep our dreams alive.

Listen to it. Until the end.