spacEurope was born as a place dedicated to promote and inform about european efforts towards space exploration.
Not hard to understand…Our companions from the other side of the Atlantic have a great experience and a marketing machine that was indispensable in the aurora of their space exploration programme.
This means decades of hard work to be able to achieve and announcing outstanding events and to find the proper path to deal and learn with the setbacks.
We, Europeans, although the adventure has already started, are now in a context where we cannot forget that there are people paying for evolution and even if their knowledge regarding scientific methods might be short to deal with the technical language and methods used to reach a destiny outside Earth, we, the general public, are curious has any member of the scientific community and have the right to see, even if not educated in this field, to be introduced to the marvellous things happening now with an amazing regularity.
Space has to make part of our daily basis knowledge, it is part of our life, part of past and present and it will, surely, be our future ground.
We want to know and we have the right to know more and on a easy way of understanding.
I am one of those.
A tax-payer, someone curious that, along the last months had fantastic the opportunity of getting answers directly from those making history.
I thank them and praise them to keep on this policy of visiting this house where I want people to find something that goes beyond the agencies’ press releases.
Things are not perfect, but they can get better.
That’s what I try to do, to improve the quality of the site, not easy when your time runs short.
In this eight months of activity some things went well, others not so quite…
Those are the risks of running a blog about the scientific aspects of space exploration without having any formation in the…scientific aspects of space exploration!
But, hey! I’m learning a few things…
And I hope that can improve the nature of the questions presented here without losing touch with the human aspects of the diversity of themes brought to this space.
The objective of this blog is to share with you all the result of that same curiosity and diminish the distance between space and Men.
Now that the spacEurope’s first anniversary is on its way, there will be some changes in this house. Some improvement, some decisions, some innovations:
#01 - I thought about the possibility of bringing advertising to this place…
It will never happen. There will not be, ever in its history, commercial interests in this blog.
Even if the number of visitors rises to a value that would justify it in a economic point of view.
Its nature doesn’t allow it. It does even disapprove it…
The reason for this place is to share, both knowledge and passion for space exploration and that, through my scope, is priceless.
#02 - spacEurope will make efforts to get a more active participation of regular collaborators. Contacts are being made in order to pursue that goal.
#03 - I will start a special series of chronicles that will try to establish a direct dialog between scientists and members of the general public. More information will be available soon regarding this point.
#04 - spacEurope decided to establish annual Awards for those participating in this blog.
It will be something symbolic but, at a same time, a reflection of how appreciated are the efforts done by the scientific community to promote space exploration near the general public.
The date of the announcement will be that of the blog’s 1st anniversary: The 11th of January.
#06 - I’ll resume this blog’s policy to seven points:
-to Go Beyond
-To learn with those making things happen in the space exploration area, from scientists to engineers, from those having an idea to those giving form to that same idea
-To share thoughts, knowledge, news, adventures…
To share implies that several elements make their appearance: Someone providing an input, someone to publish that same input and someone to read it.
Everyone is important, everyone has a role.
-To innovate, this will be a hard step to achieve, but I believe, as this blog persists on a policy of seriousness we will get somewhere, new ideas, new approaches, new visions.
As referred in the previous step, everyone counts. Everyone has a brick to help building a house that, although humble, might bear in each square meter, an idea that will not be discarded.
-To debate, there is a box for comments, feel free to use it, share your ideas, pose questions, create! Disagree! Communicate! There will always be someone on the other side reading to your words. Try, as possible, to identify yourself.
-To merge the natural out-of-boundaries nature of the general public opinions, not restricted to the walls of the scientific building with the well aware thoughts of specialists and try, when possible, to obtain, combining, both seed and land, a new tree, a new fruit, a new direction, who knows?
Create is part of nature, innovate is a natural process, it may happen here.
-That take us to the dream field. And to one premise: Dreams might come true. If there are any frontiers they were made to be crossed, if there are abysses they are there to be explored.
Other features might make their appearance such as audio and video updates as long as that is important to subject under light and viable to achieve.
Efforts are being made to make this a place where you will feel at home.
But your cooperation is precious and appreciated.
Ultreya et Sus Eia! Onward and Upward!
Sintra - Portugal
PS: Vacations were just great!