Greetings, humans! I’m finally back. Sorry if I was gone so long. In my last entry, I mentioned the internet. Back then, I was amazed at the remarkable work humans put to connect with others throughout their little blue planet. I found it so profound, I decided to “surf”—as the humans say—the internet. And lo’ and behold, I found a treasure trove of information and more felines. I didn’t realize that humans loved my furry counterparts so much. I’m not absolutely sure all the information is accurate on the internet, but it is a useful tool nonetheless. No wonder, The Martian wants to share it with the entire population of Earth. Elon Musk must know how vital the internet is as a resource for all Earthlings.
SpaceX’s Success with Starlink Satellites
SpaceX launched 175 Starlink satellites into Earth’s orbit. The latest launch was on September 3 with the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. It was the third launch for SpaceX’s Starlink project within a month, which for humans seems to be quite a feat. There are now 650 Starlink satellites surrounding the blue planet.
You’d think 650 is a lot, but it’s not really. There are a lot of humans on Earth. According to a source named Google, there are approximately 7.8 billion Earthlings. In comparison, based on a database I found on the internet, there were only 370 million pet cats in the world as of 2018.
SpaceX already started beta testing Starlink’s internet service privately. I tried to tap into Starlink, but was unsuccessful. I will try to keep trying, though. I hypothesize that it will load the videos of Earth felines faster. I don’t think I can wait until SpaceX launches 500 more Starlink satellites to get access to it. After launching 500 more satellites, SpaceX might open up Starlink to more people and build its internet service platform. Even if SpaceX is launching the satellites at a remarkable speed, I don’t think I can postpone watching Earth’s cat videos. There is a lot to sift through and I’ve only watched about 2085 thus far.
Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed pic.twitter.com/DdBxIOdOg1
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 3, 2020
The Rocket To Mars
The Martian’s space company seems “to be on a roll,” as the humans say. Not only did SpaceX launch 175 Starlink satellites, it also completed a second successful launch test for Starship, the rocket that will bring humans to the red planet. It was called a “Hop” test because it didn’t really launch. Spaceflight seems to be very difficult for humans to accomplish so I guess a hop test could be deemed a success. I wonder sometimes why Starman doesn’t go back to help them figure it out. But it may be too overwhelming to humans. Plus the Martian must be helping them little by little.
Speaking of the Martian, Elon Musk labeled the Starship project a top priority for SpaceX. I can understand that. He must be eager for his offspring to see their ancestral home and to share the red planet’s mysterious with humans. Starship is supposed to carry 100 people to Earth’s moon, Mars, and beyond.
The Martian seems very excited to introduce Earthlings to other planets, especially Mars. Based on my travels, space can be overwhelmingly dark and lonely, but actually quite invigorating and fun when you have a companion. That must be why Musk wants more people on other planets. He must have figured that space was meant to be shared.
NASA’s Perseverance Rover and its Twin OPTIMISM
NASA’S Perseverance rover is already on its way to Mars and should reach the red planet by February 18, 2021. Humans don’t seem to like waiting around a lot, especially the ones in NASA because they have been busy working on Perseverance’s twin OPTIMISM.
OPTIMISM will be stationed on Earth, where NASA’s brightest will conduct tests under conditions that simulate Perseverance’s possible experiences on Mars. It seems like OPTIMISM will try some of the software tests and other commands that NASA plans to send to Perseverance.
The twin’s name stands for Operational Perseverance Twin for Integration of Mechanisms and Instruments Sent to Mars. “The Mars 2020 Perseverance testbed team’s motto is ‘No optimism allowed.’ “So we named the test rover OPTIMISM to remind us of the work we have to do to fully test the system. Our job is to find problems, not just hope activities will work. As we work through the issues with OPTIMISM, we gain confidence in Perseverance’s capabilities and confidence in our ability to operate on Mars,” said Matt Stumbo, the human leading the OPTIMISM’s testbed team.