Tryst With Space

Posted on Tue 07 August 2018 in Tech

Author's Note - I maintain a fantastic playlist of fascinating space videos curated from obscure corners of YouTube - OrangeDurito Space

For over a month now, I have been continuously watching space-related videos - rocket launches (tons of them), space shuttles, ISS, Mars Rovers, Solar Probe, astronauts interviews, explanation videos  - I watched it all. 

I found my curiosity subconsciously tickled after imagining this - three men in the most dangerous mission in history, sat on a 110m giant rocket powered with tons of explosive beneath them only to be launched indefinitely far from all humanity. I was putting myself in that place and was trying to get into their mindset. Immediately I went outside, glanced at the moon and tried to soak in my awakened realization. Those Saturn V launch footage looked massively daunting but it put humans on moon in 1969. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKtVpvzUF1Y   As much as I'm interested in technical aspect of space flight, I also wanted to know the psychological side of it. I just couldn't fathom someone living that far away from their loved ones, alone, floating in an alien place. I wanted to know how astronauts prepared themselves mentally for this ambitious work. How did it emotionally affect them? Of all my searches, this series by 'TIME' is the absolute best & the most profound piece I found.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It801fiqrvk&list=PLYOGLpQQfhNI1SApIxWN0AAt1jUlRkEon

It wonderfully captured the psychological side of 'One Year In Space' mission. This is exactly what I needed.

Here's one awesome blog which talks about niche space-program stuffs that few people know about - https://tranquilitybaseblog.blogpost.com

  • Understanding 'General Theory of Relativity' Link visited -
  • https://www.gutenberg.org/files/5001/5001-h/files/ch01.htm
  • https://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/teaching/HPS_0410/chapters/general_relativity_pathway/index.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_relativity
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_general_relativity
  • https://www.physicsoftheuniverse.com/topics_relativity_light.html

Fresnel

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyIVaZXDhho - Felix Baumgartner jump
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBZ0BpiG0x0 - Alan Eustace jump
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-rWtqConY8 - Alan Eustace TED Talk