Considering SpaceX is just 20 years old compared to NASA’s 64, the former has built a reputation to rival the latter. From being the new and innovative kind of the block to a CEO skilled at generating headlines, we shouldn’t be surprised. When it comes to Reddit communities, for a long time, SpaceX had cultivated a far healthier one.
That looks to be changing, though. Since 2021, the number of users posting to r/SpaceX has been falling, while NASA’s numbers have remained steady. In 2022 they’re practically neck and neck, with early signs NASA is set to take the crown.
But why? Maybe our solar flare data can give us a hint.
The technology, the drama, and the cars shot into space by SpaceX, and similar companies, are all well and good. There’s no denying it’s been exciting and impressive. But what if people are moving on and becoming more interested in our place in the universe instead?
This could explain why solar flares are sparking more conversation than usual. The magnetic storms they cause expose us, showing that for all our technological advances, we’re more at the mercy of freak solar activity than we ever have been. The Romans certainly had no need to worry about them.
Meanwhile, climate change increasingly wreaks havoc worldwide as we struggle to take the action needed to curtail it. It’s quite the existential predicament that has us pondering just how fragile and small our green and blue planet is.
But as pessimistic as this sounds, is this realisation more positive than it seems?
A blue marble in an endless sea of marbles
In 1972 the Apollo 17 crew took a photo of Earth. The shot became known as The Blue Marble and is one of the most reproduced images in history.