Leaving Home. Into the Unknown.

The Universe is incomprehensibly vast and about 13.8 Billion years old. There are at least 100 Billion Stars in our Milky Way Galaxy alone and according to current estimates, there are at least 200 Billion Galaxies in the observable Universe. Some estimates reach around 2,000 Billion Galaxies, not to mention the Trillions of Planets, Suns, etc.. They say that there are more Stars in the Universe than grains of sand on Planet Earth. The circumference of the Earth is about 40,000 klms. High frequency radio waves, being electromagnetic radiations travel at the speed of light, about 186,000 miles per second, basically being received instantaneously around the World. Depending on the relative position of Mars from Earth, radio waves can take up to about 20 minutes to reach the Red Planet. The Space Craft Voyager 1 has been traveling away from Earth for over 40 years, having been launched in 1977. It's currently in interstellar space and over 13 Billion miles away. It's radio signals take something like 19 hours to reach home. Due to the time delay in Radio Communications, as we strengthen our influence in Space, a new form of Communication will need to be invented. If interested in a new Communication System, click on the link 'Quantum Radio' and go to the bottom of the page. If we can befriend ourselves and then each other here on Planet Earth, then our destiny lies out there in Space. Exploring and discovering. Imagine for a moment, what this World of ours would be like without Radio Communications. They're vital to our way of life and without our current understanding of our place in the Universe which is largely due to Radio Communications, we would still be living in the 'dark ages'. How dependent are our Defense Forces on Radio Comms. Italian inventor and electrical engineer, Guglielmo Marconi is credited with the first transatlantic telegraphic radio communications in 1901 and now the hobby of Amateur Radio has been around for well over 100 years. We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and their hard work and contributions. Amateur Radio can be a gateway to the advancement of our civilization. It's in our nature to go beyond. Looking towards the future, we need to see over the horizon to the possibilities and the hope which is there. Remote control of Amateur Radio Stations is now a reality and remote control of advanced technologies in Space also require Radio Communications. As we slowly further Our Reach into Space, Radio Communications will help us to broaden our horizons and we will realize, if we survive long enough, how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things and also how futile it is not to work together. Perhaps one day with this expansive view of our place in the Universe, we may then gradually be able to leave conflict behind.

The International Space Station has a dedicated Amateur Radio Station on board with which Astronauts talk to classes of School Children in many Countries on Planet Earth below.