|"Space Bananas," Lil' OB, 2008, magic marker on paper|
We all remember the Apollo missions. We all remember the staggering launches and subsequent visuals.
I also remember a distinct disappointment in my tiny self when I learned the giant rocket would not be torpedoing through space like in the cartoons or cheesy old movies.
"The astronauts only need the big rocket to get through the earth's atmosphere, honey," my dad explained as I blinked at the mystifying image on the black and white screen. "After the rocket does its job, they only need that little pod."
From Wiki on the Saturn V Rocket:
The second stage accelerated the Saturn V through the upper atmosphere with 1,100,000 pounds-force (4,900 kN) of thrust in vacuum.
Friends, that is badass.
|Humble hostess, circa 1970|
Yes? No? Anyone? Bueller?
If the answer is yes, then could someone from the climate change denial camp please explain to me where all of our gaseous emissions are going?
Where are they going? What's happening to them? Are they turning into fairy dust? Are magical birds inhaling them and exhaling purified air? Or maybe the same atmosphere that requires 1.1 million pounds of force to overcome is making an exception with the exhaust from my VeeDubs and just letting it float through to the rest of the infinite universe.
I'm all ears: explain it to me.
So our friends in Wisconsin can "ban" discussing climate change (so much for free speech, eh?), but I promise you: if we don't take of the earth, Mother Nature will take us out and repair it in her own sweet time.
There is no debate. She will win this fight in the end.
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