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    Posted May 20, 2011 by
    Casma, Ancash, Peru
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    Next giant leap for mankind

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    Moon, Mars, Oceans... - Giant Leaps or Small Steps for Mankind?


    If we take the giant leap, we should know why we do so and if it is good for our planet. Instead of a giant leap, maybe we should take several shorter steps for a better control of our goals.


    Maybe we could travel to Mars or stay temporarily or permanently on Moon, but we should only do so if it helps us to understand our own planet better and even protect and conserve it.


    We know the moon better than the deepest parts of our oceans which are the least explored areas on Earth. The oceans have always been considered unfriendly to human kind. Nevertheless the oceans are very important because they are closely linked to the atmosphere. It has been difficult to reach the deepest part of the oceans also because of the pressure, darkness and coldness.


    In 1992 I had the opportunity to make a survey in the Casma and Sechin Valleys in Ancash, Peru, one of the oldest architectural remains and ruins that exist in the whole of America. One of them, Las Haldas, built around 2200-1000 BC, lies directly on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The temple or the ceremonial center Las Haldas has a platform and three plazas. We don´t know which people built this huge complex and what languages they were speaking, but I think the seasons were crucially important for them in order to worship the moon, sun and the ocean.


    Later on, in 2000 I made this sketch about the relation of the earth and the Pacific Ocean and possibilities to get closer to the ocean and research its depth. This under-water construction could be an observation place or a laboratory and serve as a shelter, too. For this purpose, however, we need to develop new and more durable and sustainable construction materials than before. This could well be the same problem on Moon.


    In my opinion small steps might be better for mankind than a giant leap in the wrong direction.


                               Markku Rainer Peltonen

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