How Can Leonard Nimoy Get Us To Mars?
Some context, I have spent the past few weeks researching blog posts on Windows10, a follow-up post to how the Messaging App niche is exploding and another testing post.
I switched on my phone this evening at the end of the Jewish Shabbat to see that Leonard Nimoy had passed away. Like many people of my generation, he was an actor who inspired us onscreen and off.
Most famous for his performance on Star Trek as Mr. Spock, the Vulcan science officer whose cold logic and wry tone were the perfect counterfoil to Captain James T. Kirk who both on small and large screen won the day with his passion, ability to woo alien ladies and his illogical way of defeating the odds.
Nimoy made science cool and taught the layman that space was not just going to be won by the lantern jawed heroes but by fact, logic and science too.
Thinking about all this led me to some interesting conclusions about various tech news over the past weeks.
Connections That Lead To Space, The Final Frontier…
Microsoft announced Windows10 several weeks ago and with it the astounding Hololens, the innovative holographic, interactive headset poised to change the world of computing as we know it.
Image courtesy of Microsoft Hololens Site
Meanwhile, Microsoft and NASA announced collaboration on building an app for Hololens to aid in exploration of Mars.
The app will be called OnSight and will allow NASA scientists to interact holographically with the Mars Rover according to CNET.
All this is incredibly cool and will reduce the massive overhead and technical challenges with delivering astronauts to Mars surface in the immediate future. However, the problem of Space travel and exploration has always been that so few were able to dream let alone attain this incredible adventure.
This is where current Space travel fell so far short of the ideas we saw in Star Trek of fleets of starships venturing forth to the stars exploring and discovering new worlds and whilst the incredible scientific discoveries and advances due to Space travel can be found in almost every field, most people feel a huge disconnect from the ROI of going into space.
Where Does Elon Musk Fit Into All This?
Along comes Elon Musk and suggests that the key to successful exploration of Mars is internet that reaches all of Mars and back to Earth.
Image courtesy of Phys.org post linked above
There is a lot of truth to Musk’s hypothesis and given his ideas on other subjects, I’d bet on him.
The Warptest POV
That said, Mars Internet is the solution to allowing many more of us to fully embrace Space travel and specifically Mars Exploration; if this works in concert with Microsoft Hololens and NASA’s OnSight App.
Imagine if any Hololens owner with NASA’s app can connect using Elon Musk’s Mars Internet provider. NASA will de facto have crowdsourced the exploration of Mars if they timeshare several Mars Rovers (or perhaps in the future Mars friendly drones) using the vital bandwidth of Musk’s Mars Internet.
This will provide an incredible experience for young and old, people of all kinds and races. If this isn’t a similar vision to Starfleet (albeit virtual and holographic) then what is?
This could be the chance for many of us to boldly go where no one has gone before, even if it’s just from the visor of Microsoft Hololens.
This post is dedicated to Leonard Nimoy and the inspiration he gave onscreen and off to so many.
Live Long and Prosper.