By John Almasi, Ms in Global Strategic Communication
I need to “Chillax” (Eugene Levy – American Reunion). The project started out with reading about ocular events on some people’s blogs out in cyberspace and ended up seeing a broader view of how to fix two major problems. When I was a boy, some longhaired sort-of famous musicians wrote an album of songs that won them a golden record. They called it, “Blows against the Empire.” The theme was to “Hijack the starship, carry 7000 people past the sun….” The promise of the space programs that we grew up with and believing made its way into popular culture. After too many years, I find out now, at the end of the day, that it cannot happen without everyone’s help. The misinterpretation and subsequent philandering of otherwise useful talents over the intervening years became obvious this week.
I find myself in state somewhere between sadness and depression after seeing all of the history live at KSC. The biggest shock was a self-realization that one should not begin asking questions from a narrow framework. It is kind of like assuming. Who knew that travel to Mars was impossible without cleaning the air, so that the travelers do not arrive blind? Who knew that the fix was an inexpensive, reusable media, that you could use space itself to vacuum clean it out and then just close the door. Things that you never think of unless you have all of the information collected. Who knew they were running a double blind study up there?
The experiment uses all of the controlling factors, such as the magnifying eyeglasses, the B-scan ultrasound and the otometer to check for ocular disorders. There is certainly a wealth of data collection that is cross-correlated with when the new air scrubber is running and when it is not.. My guess is that the results show that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes a major disruption in the single carbon metabolic pathway that causes damage to the optic nerves and eyeballs themselves, just because you cannot keep the air clean. The problem exists in space and on Earth. After ISS 36/37 ends in April 2014, I will bet both problems have a solution. We will not need any UN resolutions or treaties – someone that has half a brain solved the whole problem – Nobel Prize for whoever it is.
A cheap, reusable way to clean carbon dioxide from the air, attached to any air circulator cleans it up – much faster than planting trees (no problems with planting trees). Collect up the little doo-dads, vacuum them clean and hook them back up. It is a neat little industry for a person or group to develop; talk about jobs creation, not only do you save the planet, you “move your mind towards Mars and then beyond.”