Hello and welcome to the August 2020 issue of Aphelion!
This afternoon I watched the Endeavor splash
down and the crew safely exit their capsule. They spent two months on
the International Space Station. Over the past week I have watched the
launch of the latest US robotic probe mission to Mars, pressure tests
and static engine fire tests, and many more amazing things. The future
is moving so quickly now.
I remember watching so many of the NASA space
missions. As a kid, I couldn't wait for the future to arrive. Well, it
did, but in a way, it still is arriving.
The future didn't arrive the way we thought it
would. No, it snuck in, gradually, slowly, and not without a few false
starts. That's likely to be the way the future continues to arrive, too.
Of all the changes and advancements I have seen, I
think that computers are probably the most sneaky. They've gone from
rooms full of vacuum tubes to tiny little chips on a circuit board.
From costing millions to being so inexpensive you can buy one in a
grocery store from a rack of cell phones. The internet stretches
We're using it right now to
communicate with each other in ways that couldn't have been dreamed of
a century ago. Who knows what the future will bring? One thing for
sure, it will bring changes.
The present circumstances have taught me one
thing. I'm looking forward to my retirement years. Everything at work
will look quite different after all this time away. I'll have a
different perspective to use to look at it through, for one thing. I'll
know how much time I've been wasting, for one thing. I'll know what
living on a limited budget will be like. I'll know that I can take time
to have fun and relax, to write and to read, so sleep when I need to
and wake up when I want. And no alarm clocks to wrench me out of a
I don't believe I'll be quite as stressed out as I
used to be about having to go to work for the few short years I
have left before I can officially retire. I've been working for 42
years, and that has given me many blessings as well as stresses.
Those stresses won't be as powerful as they used to be. I have
three and a half years to go, pretty much.
About time I quit wasting yours and let you get to reading!
Title: Young star lights up reflection nebula IC 2631
Photo Credit: ESO