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Showing posts with label space. Show all posts
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Friday, March 10, 2023

GeekSpeak – Is Space a waste of money? Join the discussion on March 11th at 12pm slt

Why do we spend so much money on Space when there are so many causes that need money down here?  Shouldn’t Earth come first?

This is an often-heard complaint about the space industry so let’s address it.  Why do we spend money on launching satellites, going to the moon or Mars, exploring Pluto, finding out about exoplanets, and planning a future in space? 

Perhaps you think we should not put money into space.  Or do you see a benefit from space research?  Join us at GeekSpeak on Saturday at noon SLT to discuss our choices.  Bring all your alien friends!

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday 26th November at noon SLT: What will you take with you to Mars?


What will the future Mars settlers need to take with them?  Will they have to take all the oxygen, water and food they need for 2 years?  And materials and tools for building a base?

Or will human settlers need to take nothing with them because robots will have prepared everything before they arrive?  Will the settlers simply step into a luxury base with all the food and oxygen already available?

What is needed for a human to survive on Mars?  And what is needed to thrive once you get there?  Do we know exactly what will be needed?  Will the robots we send before us be able to tell us just what we will need?  What will the ‘technology tree’ of a Mars settlement be? 

Come to GeekSpeak at noon on Saturday to discuss what we will need on Mars.  Serious people only.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Friday, September 2, 2022

GeekSpeak – Will we win the Space Race? Does it matter? Join the discussion Saturday, September 3rd at 12pm SLT

On Friday 2nd September the Artemis 1 moon rocket will launch towards the moon.  If it fails the moon race will probably be won by China.  Either way, humanity is, hopefully, heading for a future where people live and work on the moon. 

The trip will last 42 days and the spacecraft will have a high-definition video on board.  Come to GeekSpeak this Saturday at noon SLT and celebrate this historic moment with us and discuss where we will be going on the moon, and why.

Will we look up one day and realize that someone is also looking down?   Bring your space buddies!


IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday 16th July at noon SLT: The James Webb Space Telescope! What will it show us?

This week NASA showed us the first images from the JWST.  There will be plenty more to come.  What will we discover?  What answers will the telescope give us?  Will it find life on other planets, perhaps advanced civilizations?  Will it tell us how the universe began?

And when it gives us answers will it also give us new questions?  What questions about the universe do you want answers to?  Can we ever know what the universe really looks like? 

Will the JWST change our view of our place in the cosmos?  Does it make you proud to be human?  Or is the sheer size and complexity of the universe frightening?

Join us at GeekSpeak at noon SLT on Saturday to discuss the JWST and its pictures.  Bring your fellow geeks!

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday 9th July at noon SLT: Let the robots on the loose!


This month the space era will truly start with mass transport to space.  We will probably send zillions of robots and millions of humans into space.  But should we be sending humans at all?  It is very expensive and very dangerous.  Should space belong only to robots?

Or should we share space out between us?  Will the moon be robot territory since it is not likely that humans can live there?  And Mars could be for humans?

Or will we stay safe at home and let our machines explore the universe and have all the fun?  Does that destroy the very reason for wanting to explore space?

Join us on Saturday at noon SLT at GeekSpeak and let’s discuss how to explore the universe.  Bring all your space friends, and robots!

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

GeekSpeak subject for Saturday January 1st at noon SLT: 2022, the year of the Starship!


Early this year we will see the Starship from SpaceX take off.  It will be one of the most powerful things you will ever see. 

Starship is bigger than the Saturn-5 rocket, and it can land.  It will be able to carry 150 tons of cargo to the moon.  It has several contracts already for commercial launches.  Future launches will catch the returning booster rockets with a giant tower equipped with catch arms so that they can launch again after only a few hours for refueling. 

This will get humans into space big time if we are ever to go at all.  So 2022 is the year in which we become a space-going species.  Hold your helmet, it will go very fast.  Join us at noon SLT on January 1st to discuss it.  Bring your kerbal friends.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday in the GeekSpeak auditorium, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Sunday, September 26, 2021



The other day as I wandered the Grid, looking for interesting topics to bring our SL Readers, I happened upon a resident named Neuralinks.  As luck would have it, it was only about 15 minutes before the launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, of the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission to orbit the earth.  She directed me to a link with the live feed of the launch.

I was transfixed.

You see, on February 20, 1962, Astronaut John Glenn made history as the first American to orbit the earth.  I stood on a beach at Cape Canaveral and watched that flight, along with about 60 million television viewers, as he road that Redstone rocket in the Mercury capsule Freedom Seven into space, and into history. Now, some three score years later, I had the privilege of watching another space shot.  This time with a crew of three more than the Mercury flights. And for three days, vice just the three orbits, as Glenn had done.  WOW! Talk about a rush!

After the successful conclusion of the Inspiration4 mission, I met again with Neuralinks, and she graciously agreed to answer a few questions about SpaceX and related endeavors, for our SL Enquirer readers.

Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) (JB):   So tell me, Neuralinks, exactly what is an “Advanced Virtual Expert/Virtual Presence in Second Life/MetaLife?”

Neuralinks (N):   I am so excited you asked this question. Let us start by breaking down the words.  Advanced, meaning, ie., Experience. Virtual, as in COMPUTING, not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so. Expert due to the experience. A double positive.  Here there are many platforms available for the human mind to enter and engage with. Second Life is rare as it has everything a human mind needs to create with. Senn Maximus, owner of Builders Brewery sandbox, a full sim dedicated to builders, has a friend who is working on studies and courses for owner builders, home owners who want to build, or renovate, etc. They are working on utilizing SL. Some people may just want to visit Paris without leaving their home. Second Life offers that availability because a resident of that community built it for others to enjoy.  I help educate others about Second Life and its possibilities. 

JB:   So, just what is your connection with the National Space Society and The International Space Flight Museum?

N:   Many community members of Second Life enjoy space-related simulations. In Second Life, there are a few main space-related educational simulations.  The two I found are: The National Space Society and The International Space Flight Museum.

Both of these simulations have been hard at work for years, building and promoting human space flight. As a one-world species, it is inevitable that the human species will either die on the planet earth or it can be space-faring and venture to other planets. As Mr. Elon Musk once wrote: "Making life multi-planetary is an extremely hard, but not impossible, problem". The simulations in Second Life give humans an opportunity to visit the many rockets, information and photos with regards to space that humans have built in an attempt to leave earth, or have left earth with. 

Many of the Second Life Groups have strong connections to its members. The NSS and International Space Museum pride themselves with working with their members. Their website is  They run on donations and all donations are used toward the operating costs of the museum.

The NSS has an in-world presence of the National Space Society, an international organization of like-minded people, from the interested public to grassroots activists to astronauts and space scientists.

National Space Society website:  

NSS in SL group, free to join:

Their Vision:  People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the  vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity. The National Space Society" sim introduces the concept of "The Extraterrestrial Plateau" into Second Life, with its extraterrestrial planetary surface at or above 300 meters altitude. This puts it above both the clouds and the growth zone found at lower altitudes in Second Life. In the NSS Sim, the volume beneath the surface is riddled with lava tube caverns, as are believed to be possible, and considerable evidence exists for them, on the Moon and Mars.

It is a multiple-level simulation which allows them to demonstrate at least three stages in development, currently under construction: Early bases made mostly from prefabs and material brought from Earth; developing growth including lunar industry supplying many needs; and at the deepest level in the largest cavern, a fully pressurized volume capable of holding a small city, complete with running water, plants, open air, and even clouds and weather.

JB:   Last Week SpaceX had a very successful launch of the Inspiration4 Mission. Were the passengers all trained astronauts?  Or paying passengers? 

Inspiration4 mission was on September 15, 2021 and they returned on September 18 from orbit.  They left Earth from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, used during the  Apollo 11 Lunar Landing mission. This most recent mission was to support St. Jude Children’s Research hospital and be a part of history as the crew raised $200 million to help make a brighter future for children everywhere. Mr. Elon Musk donated 50 million dollars to the cause.  Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit the earth.  Crew members included:

Jared Isaacman, Commander & Benefactor

Jared is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments (NYSE: FOUR), the leader in integrated payment processing solutions. An accomplished jet pilot, he is rated to fly commercial and military aircraft and holds several world records including two Speed-Around-The-World flights in 2008 and 2009 that raised money and awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Hayley Arceneaux is Hope

As a child, Hayley suffered from bone cancer. Her family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for her treatment and care, which included chemotherapy and a limb-saving surgery. She is now finished with treatment and thriving. She now works at St. Jude  as a PA – the very place that saved her life – helping leukemia and lymphoma patients.

Chris Sembroski is Generosity

Chris grew up with a natural curiosity about outer space.  As a U.S. Space Camp counselor, he conducted simulated space shuttle missions and supported STEM-based education designed to inspire young minds to explore these areas and find their passions. Later, he then served in the U.S. Air Force, deploying for service in Iraq before leaving active duty in 2007.

Dr. Sian Proctor is Prosperity

Sian is a science communication specialist with a lifelong passion for space exploration. She was born in Guam while her father was working at the NASA tracking station during the Apollo missions.  She has a TEDx talk called Eat Like a Martian and published the Meals for Mars Cookbook. Dr. Proctor was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program.

JB: So, I have a couple days of vacation time coming up at work, and I have been saving up some for it. What would a seat on a SpaceX shot cost me?

N: I think it is around $50 Million dollars at this time, but as more sponsors come on board, the costs will go down. Major corporations like Nikon and others can sponsor events and employees. People can get married, renew vows or what ever they want. It is just a beginning.

JB: Fifty mil, huh? Maybe I will wait until NEXT year and see if the price drops some. So tell me. What are visitors likely to see when they visit SpaceX in Second Life?

N: The SpaceX Event Center and Mars Bar is an anti-Gravity chamber.  An attachment can be worn and you can float around the stimulation and explore or walk. The NSS has an attachment to walk like you are walking on the moon. The event center has three levels. The first houses books, photos and a meeting place to stop by before exploring NSS and The International Flight Museum.

If you want to spend time at the center, the MARS BAR is situated on the second floor and music is played by a DJ or the in-house media.  The top floor boasts a Falcon9 and a chair. You can look at the stars, count them and  ponder.

JB: I understand you have the 2021 World Space Week Virtual Event coming up in early October.  What is that all about?

N:   The mission of World Space Week Association (WSWA) is to strengthen the link between space and society through public education, participation, and dialog on the future of space activity using World Space Week as a focus. At the recent Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, SpaceX and others were recognized for their great support of World Space Week.  SL SpaceX Group is supporting their efforts in Second Life.  Lanai Jarrico, Editor-in-Chief of Second Life Enquirer, is set to receive an award in Second Life at the World Space Week Celebration Award ceremony in Second Life on October 9, 3PM SL Time. 

So, there you have it, Folks.  If you are a resident of Second Life, you probably already have a desire to “explore strange new worlds, to seek out new Lives, and new civilizations. To Boldly go where no avatar has gone before!” (Cue Star Trek theme song).  So come’on.  Check out World Space Week in Second Life and stretch that imagination with a dose of reality as mankind continues to reach for the heavens.

Be there!  Aloha!


For more images of SpaceX, go to:


Saturday, September 25, 2021

You are Invited to World Space Week 2021: Oct. 4-10

You are cordially invited to events celebrating World Space Week 2021, October 4th through the 10th, sponsored by the National Space Society in SL, the International Spaceflight Museum, and SpaceX in SL.

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contributions to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:

October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration; and

October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, a.k.a. "The Outer Space Treaty".  This year’s theme is “Women in Space”.  For more information and a listing of RL and Virtual events worldwide:  [ ].

Spacey Sock Hop Lift Off for World Space Week 2021 with DJ Aristippus

Monday, 4 October from 3 to 5 pm SL/Pacific time

Location:  NSS L-1 BALLroom 

Aristippus, The Sexy DJ, has been spinning tunes for many years specializing in rock ’n’ roll. After he began cleaning and recording his personal collection of vinyl records, except for the rare special occasion, his sets include only the music that comes from his vinyl.

Tea & Rockets

Wednesday, 6 October from 6 to 8 pm SL/Pacific time

Location:  Rocket Ring central stage 

Join us as we soak up the rocket fumes…errr…view, at the International Spaceflight Museum’s iconic Rocket Ring and discuss humanity’s past, present, and future in space… "gunpowder tea” will be served!

Out Of This World Awards Event Of The Year

Saturday, 9 October from 3 to 4 pm SL/Pacific time

Location:  SpaceX In Second Life Event Center~NSS Location

Black tie / formal attire please...drinks and hors d'oeuvre will be served at the MARS BAR.

Guest of Honor Dr. Joseph Borg of Malta will be receiving an Achievement award, and additional awards will be presented. Dr. Borg and his colleagues are the first Maltese space project to be launched via a SpaceX rocket. This cube with science experiments successfully made it to the International Space Station.

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Live-streamed outside of Second Life at:

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Throughout World Space Week, please enjoy our audio stream in Second Life or at [ ]. Our WSW playlist is inspired by, but not limited to, this year’s theme of “Women in Space”.

Friday, February 21, 2020

GeekSpeak – Life in a large permanent space station. Join the discussion Saturday February 22nd at 12pm SLT

What would life be like in a big space station?  Imagine a huge O’Neill cylinder, revolving to create artificial gravity, where millions of people could live.  What would it be like to live there?
Will there be strict rules for every aspect of life, and no freedom at all?  Will the inhabitants feel safer than on Earth?  Will there be prisons, or will criminals be ‘spaced’?
How will the millions of tons of waste be removed?  Will there be animals there?  Birds flying around? Will the cylinder seem beautiful to those who live there?  Will there be factories in the zero-gravity part of the cylinder that make stuff for Earth?
Where will the permanent stations be?  In orbit around Earth, or Mars, or at a lagrange point or in the asteroid belt?

When will all this happen?  Bring your friends, and your furniture and move in to talk about it.

IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class every Wednesday at the GeekSpeak auditorium at 1pm SLT, if you have ideas for new subjects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

GeekSpeak – What benefits will we get from space in 5 years? Join the discussion Saturday January 25th at 12pm SLT

The new space race is really taking off this year.  We will see space tourism and we will see products made in space. There will be very precise chip manufacturing and better optic cable.  And we may even see 3d printed human organs. 
What do you think will make the biggest impact?  Will Space be a safe investment?   Or a rich person’s toy?  Will we solve world problems by going into space?  Or will we create new problems, like space wars?
Come and boldly discuss our very near future in the great unknown, where no geek has ever been before.  Bring your friends!
IM Vulcan Viper, who teaches a meditation class in the GeekSpeak auditorium every Wednesday at 1pm SLT, if you have any ideas for new subjects.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

GeekSpeak – What will 2020 bring in space? Join the discussion Saturday December 14th at 12pm SLT

Will humanity really start to take off in space?  There will be a lot happening.  Virgin Galactic first flights, SpaceX testing their starship, Mars2020 rover on Mars.
What are your predictions for 2020 in space?  Will there be a first step in asteroid mining?  Or will we find interesting results from all the probes flying around, like the solar probe that is flying right now?
Will the general population get interested in space again?
Come and discuss the vast emptiness out there with our fellow geeks.  Bring your friends and geeks!

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.  Vulcan teaches a meditation class every Wednesday at 1pm SLT, at the Edutopia auditorium.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

GeekSpeak – what if we were the only life in the universe? Join the discusion July 13th at 12pm SLT

Let’s suppose we could somehow scientifically prove that there are no aliens in the rest of the universe?  Would we lose interest in space exploration?  Or would you try harder to explore the universe in order to establish new human colonies?

Would it be our duty to take life out into the galaxy?  Or would we see it as our duty to keep life on Earth forever?

What religious implications would such a discovery have?  Would we fly out into the galaxy to find out what we could learn?  Or stay here and keep safe?

What would you do? Go out and explore?  Or stay here and do the best you can?

IM Vulcan Viper if you have any ideas for new subjects.

Friday, June 28, 2019

GeekSpeak – what should we do with all the objects in space? Join the discussion Saturday 29th June at 12pm SLT

Would you like to hitch a ride on Oumuamua, the extra-solar traveller that stayed here for a short time?  Do you support Comet Interceptor, the ESA plan to be ready for the next interstellar visitor, so that we can gather information from it?  Who knows, some interstellar visitors may be alien drones.

Or would you like to capture an asteroid as JAXA plans to do?  To mine it, to understand it, to figure out how we could live in it. 

Or do you have wilder ideas about how to deal with the solar system?  A telescope on the far side of the moon, a gas station on Titan, an underwater restaurant on Pluto?  Come and tell us!  We are exploring the usefulness of our neighbours in the solar system.  Bring some mining equipment.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

GeekSpeak – The Logistics of Space- Join the discussion Saturday March 2nd at 12pm SLT

Soon we will start building in space and on the moon and Mars.  What will our bases and space stations look like?  What will they be made of?  It will be hard to make plastics on the moon, but aluminium is very common and it will be simple to make concrete from moon dust.  Water and iron are easy to find on asteroids.  Will future space stations be made entirely of iron?  Or ice?

This week we will try to imagine how future space locations will look when they are built and maintained from the local resources: ISRU (in-situ resource utilization).  They may look very different from the ones we see in science fiction.  Would you rather live in a metal base or an ice base?

What materials will we always need from Earth?  And what materials will people in space send back to Earth?  Discover the silk road of the future with us.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

GeekSpeak – how will we change when we go into space?

What will humans become once we venture out of the earth’s protective environment?

Will humans be carefully chosen for all colonizing missions?  Only very small people, because it saves on food and space?  Only those with little aggression, for obvious reasons?

Will humans be engineered for space colonization?  Will their DNA be changed to protect them from radiation sickness?  Will they be given chloroplasts so they can make their own food?  Will we send people into space as brains in jars?

And how will selection and adaptation work in space?  Will we grow taller on the moon?  Will we adapt to the temperature on Mars or Venus?

Will there be many human species in the future?  One species for every planet we colonize?

Come and discuss our future selves in GeekSpeak.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

GeekSpeak – Asteroids – what should we do to avoid collisions? Join the Discussion July 14th at 12pm SLT

Asteroids have hit Earth in the past and will hit Earth in the future.  What should we do to protect ourselves?  Should we be spending money on technology that will deflect asteroids?  Since there are 10,000 near earth objects that might cause problems perhaps we should see asteroids as a serious danger.

Or should we attack asteroids ourselves?  Should we harvest them until nothing remains to threaten us?  What will we find in asteroids and what will we do with it?  And will there be a demand for whatever we find in asteroids?

If you think we should mine them then how soon do we start?  Or do you think we should leave them alone?

Come and join us to talk about big fast-moving rocks in space.  Bring a helmet.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have any ideas for new subjects.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

GeekSpeak – what job would you like to have in space? Join the discussion Saturday May 19th at 12 pm SLT

Within 10 years there will be multiple space stations orbiting Earth.  This week we will talk about living and working on such stations.  Will people suffer from nausea because the station will rotate and Earth will rise every 10 minutes?  Or will they get used to it?

What will it be like to work in zero or low gravity?  How would a hairdresser manage if hair floats around?  Will special hairstyles be invented for those in space?  How about cooking and serving food in zero gravity?  Even cleaning will be difficult if all the furniture is fastened to the floor.  Will there be jobs for animal trainers who can teach pets to adapt to space?  What would be your favourite space job?

Did you know you can help crowdfund a space station right now?  You may be living on one in 10 years.  Or do you think it will all take a lot longer and maybe never happen at all?

Bring your gyroscopes and tell us what your dream job will be in space.

IM Vulcan Viper if you have ideas for new subjects.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

GeekSpeak – space, what will it ever do for us?Join the discussion Saturday, February 17th at 12pm SLT

We are entering an era when every high school student has to make a cubesat for his homework.  At the same time more and more satellites are launched, on average one per week.  We rely on space satellites now for GPS, for communication, for the weather report.

Space has brought us so much new technology; digital cameras, pens that work underwater, scratch resistant lenses.  What else is to come?

What do you see in the future?  GPS down to millimetre resolution?  Satellites that can count the strawberries in your crop?  Will we zap the butterfly out of the sky before it causes chaos?

What will low earth orbit bring for you?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

GeekSpeak – factories in space? Join the discussion May 13th at 12pm SLT

Last week a company announced a plan to build a factory in space, a factory that would be run entirely by robots.  If you were in charge of such a factory what would you make?  Or what do you think others would make?  Medicine?  Machine parts?  Weapons?  Illegal drugs?  Spaceships?  Parachutes?  Would you run pig farms up there?

There are advantages to working in space factories.  Cold welding of metals is possible in a vacuum. Without gravity huge spaceships that could never leave a planet can be built and launched (although they would never be able to land).

On the other hand, low temperatures, radiation and lack of oxygen might cause problems.

Bring your spacesuit and a hard hat to GeekSpeak and tell us all your plans.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

GeekSpeak – life on an orbital station: Join the discussion Saturday April 22nd at 12pm SLT

It is already possible to visit the International Space Station as a tourist.  When there are several giant space stations just a 10 minute flight from earth many people will want to visit.

What will life be like on a zero gravity space station?  Will the stations be the most popular tourist destinations ever?  Or cheap theme parks with bad food?

The views of earth will be amazing.  Zero gravity will be fun, at least for a while.  Will ordinary earth sports be possible on the stations?  Will there be new zero gravity sports?  Will new laws be needed?  How long will tourists be able to stay before they become physically unable to return to earth?

If some people live and work there permanently will they, or their children, differ physically from earth people?  Will the sky people consider themselves superior?

Come and help us write the future travel guides to space, with a hitchhiking section of course.