ART GALLERY: Food For Thought – Apollo(getics)

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Here am I floating 'round my tin can

David Bowie famously sang about sitting in a tin can, far above the world in his 1969 hit ‘Space Oddity’ and I guess he does have a point, because the space ship does look like a tin can and the Apollo Lunar Module did look it was knocked up with Fairy Liquid bottles and Bacofoil.

Released just nine days before Apollo II landed on the moon, the single was not played by the BBC until after the Apollo 11 crew had safely returned. This is my homage to both Mr Bowie and those heroic test pilots who went to the moon and came back again in what was basically a tin can.

Furthermore, we can only put a man on the moon because the universe operates to a set of golden rules: For not only is our planet ‘fine-tuned’ for life, but it appears that also is the universe. We would not exist if any number of the delicately balanced constants of physics were slightly different. It is as if there are a large number of dials that have to be turned to within extremely narrow limits for life to be possible. Our universe is stable; it is governed by fundamental forces and geometrical rules which are fixed with almost uncanny accuracy to maintain stability and to sustain life.

Nature’s four fundamental forces that govern all of its activities are: electromagnetic force, which, amongst other things, glues together the atoms in our bodies; the ‘strong’ nuclear force, the ‘weak’ nuclear force, which orchestrate what goes on in the ‘atomic nucleus’ the tight knot of matter at the heart of an atom, and the gravitational force, which governs the behaviour of planets, stars and the entire universe. These parameters are fundamental to life on earth. If any of them had a slightly different value then life on earth would simply not exist. Problem is, you don’t get highly complex rules from an explosion deep in space – the so called Big Bang. So, who fixed the forces that made and maintains life on earth?

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