“…the newly-formed U.S. Space Force announced plans to create CHPS, the Cis-lunar Highway Patrol System. Despite an acronym harking back to a certain cheesy TV series in the 1970s, CHPS will provide a serious look at space traffic further out in orbit around the Earth-moon system. Such a network is vital, as private companies and space agencies are set to return to the moon in a big way in the coming decade.”
Space Chips. God help us all.
There’s a new Bauhaus song, so these could in fact be the end times.
Yes, Foulness Island is a real place. It’s sealed off and used as a military testing site. I have spent close to my entire life hearing the guns and booms from Foulness. Here’s a picture of a destroyed aircraft at Foulness that expressly refuses permission for reproduction. I always imagined Foulness as wild and bombed-out terrain, just because of a lifetime of listening to the explosion.
“Chaos Terrains,” in fact. In this instance, the wild cold landscapes of Europa that could be circulating and transporting oxygen through the water beneath them: “the amount of oxygen brought into Europa’s ocean could be on a par with the quantity of oxygen in Earth’s oceans today.”
I’m still far from sold on the whole NFT thing, but this is curious enough to record:
“Atlas” (2021–present), a new NFT series by Xin Liu, is the collision of digital technology with the analog. Billed as the first NFTs to be created in space, the works use an antenna installed in Hong Kong to receive radio frequencies from decommissioned weather satellites. The satellites Liu utilizes were launched by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1998. The data from those devices is translated into cartographic images that mirror Xerox copies of surveillance photos of Earth’s mountainous regions. The images, transmission metadata, and radio frequency are then minted as an NFT.
Listening: lovely new Midwife song.