Dr. Enzmann about 1995

Galactic Central

Galactic Central Chain-out Relays was considered. Essentially unmanned outward-bound ships would communicate one to another, as mankind’s explorers expand in a sphere about Mother Earth’s solar lagoon of light.

However, manned ships were also considered. What a magnificent way for ancient engineers, pilots, and such to retire. Quarters could be spacious, comfortable, even luxurious. And I add, even the suggestion inspired legions of wonderfully competent old-boy volunteers. Was it Dylan Thomas who wrote: Clay lies still but bloods a rover. Breath’s a ware that will not keep, up lad when the journeys over, there’ll be time enough to sleep.

Galactic Central Interstellar Stations

Immodest? Perhaps. But to date, we know of no other intelligence indicated toward interstellar travel. Galactic Central, like Topsy in Uncle Toms Cabin, will just grow. Look at the beginnings which are here now, and consider the direction they will likely take:

In Chile, Hawaii, the Antarctic, South Africa, Australia, in Earth orbital space, and other locations the World’s nations build ever larger optical telescopes. Paralleling them are radio, millimeter infra-red, gamma, x-ray, neutrino, and other telescopes. The information is shared internationally.

In low Earth orbit, there is an international space station with more coming – international and national. We can expect in the not-too-distant future Lunar orbiting stations, Lunar bases, and similar bases on and about Mars and Mercury.

These are but baby steps. Not too distant is an international utility to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial impacts. And not far behind it unmanned starships then manned explorer starships. Visualize Earth surfaces Galactic Central as a vast library open to everyone in which data concerning all matters astronomical along with data concerning possible landfalls exists. Here we define a possible landfall as an airless body at least as hospitable as the Earth’s Moon.

Ref: 1980, 1986, 1994 editions of National Geographic Atlas of Our Universe – Roy Galant.

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