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The Sci-Fi Files- The Lunar Landings Conspiracies

The Scifi files is a series of posts taking mysteries that I’ve found on the internet and finding out more about them. Are they real? Could there be a cover up? What monsters may live on, in or outside our Earth?

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The subject of the lunar landings is marred with theories of conspiracy and deceit. Many people are firmly convinced that we did not in fact land on the moon and that the whole thing was a lie and a cover up to look like the US had beaten the Russians in the race to put a man on the moon.

The film 2001: A Space Odyssey is often referred to in these conspiracies as the practice run for filming the moon landings on a set, directed by Stanley Kubrick. When you see the film, it’s easy to see why this could be the case. The film was made in 1968 and even today the visuals used in the film are stunningly realistic. Also looking at films, Capricorn One was a film based specifically on this topic about a cover up to fake the Mars landings.

Let’s look at this objectively, a conspiracy needs to be kept secret in order to be a conspiracy. If the Moon landings didn’t happen and were filmed, who would have known about this?

Most if not all the people at mission control, the people that filmed it, a significant amount of government officials. Now that’s an awful lot of people to keep sch-tum!


 

Stanley Kubrick

This is the guy that the conspiracy theorists have marked as the guy who directed the filming of the faked Moon landings, he’s supposed to have made numerous references to this is his work over the years, leaving little easter egg clue in his films. The thing is if he was really doing this, surely this would have been picked up and he would have been silenced. Secondly, his daughter responded to the theorists in an open letter, she in fact slams the claims calling the ‘A grotesque lie’.

Stanley Kubrick’s daughter on lunar conspiracy theories


 

What are the conspiracy theorists saying?

There’s quite a bit here, so I’m going to have to pick only a few points and see where this goes:

Cloak and mirrors:

This is where conspiracy theorists love to live, in the world of shadows and mirrors. There a loads of things they get from the Apollo images but this image apparently shows someone not in a spacesuit taking a picture. They can tell this becasue of the long, thin shadow in his visor:

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But… hes’ in a spacesuit. The light from the Sun is casting a long shadow. In fact I think I can make out the life support unit on his back.

The Flag:

How is the flag flapping in the wind?

Moon flag

It’s not – there is no wind. The flag is held up by a wire, which can be seen at the top and any movement on the pole would have made the flag ‘flap’ with no air to stop it.

 

The blast crater and dust:

One of the things that is picked up on is the absence of a blast cater under the moon lander and the lack of dust on the outer landing gear of the lander:

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Where’s the blast crater? Is what’s asked…

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Where’s the dust on the foot?

In order to answer this we need to understand how the lander and the landing process worked and a little about how things work on the Moon. In a nutshell on descent the thruster would fire to slow the lander’s rate of descent. Before the lander touched down the thruster would be stopped and it would drop the last few feet to the surface where the landing struts were designed to fold to absorb the impact.  Because Armstrong was such an awesome pilot, he manged to land it without the struts folding. That’s why when they ‘step’ off the ladder they actually have a small leap (ironic really).

Because the trust is over a wideish area and the Moon has low gravity, there is no big impact crater. Remember also the Moon’s surface is made of rock and a fine layer of dust, it’s not feet thick all over the place. The thruster would only have made an impact to a depth of 10mm or so which is barely visible. But if you look at the lander image at the top, you can see a lighter area of dust coming from the left of the image showing where the dust was kicked up. The dust is lighter underneath becasue of the UV and radiation from the Sun darkens the dust on the surface.

As for the dust, remember there’s no air on the Moon to hold the dust, it would only be kicked up in the temporary atmosphere of the thruster and then drop straight back down. That’s why there’s no dust on the lander.

What these points show simply is this: Things happen differently on the Moon!

 

Other things:

There are meant to be a pile of other things, like the ropes that held the parachute to the capsule, the same rocky landscape seen in different picture from different missions. But this is where conspiracy theorists live, in the land of confusion.

Let’s make this simpler.


 

Humans – what we left on the Moon and what we brought back:

Bear in mind is that the marks and equipment left by man on the Moon will not go away, it’s on display for the Russians, Chinese and anyone else to see or not see. So If they really didn’t land there they’ll be found out sooner or later! In fact, here are some shot of lunar landing sites taken from orbit:

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Apollo 11 Landing Site

There’s not much to see for the Apollo 11 site, but then they weren’t there long and didn’t go very far.

 

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Apollo 17 Landing Site

The Apollo 17 landing site is more interesting as the Lunar Rover left it’s tracks all over the place. But of course, in the world of a conspiracy theorist, imagery can be faked. So let look deeper – ever heard of the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment? Basically mirrors placed on the Moon by the Apollo 11, 14 and 15 missions have been used to measure the distance on the moon from the Earth by firing lasers at them and measuring the reflected signal. If we want to get narky about this we could say this is also fake, but this is bringing more people into the conspiracy and that’s really what you don’t want to do.

Let’s not also forget the pile of Moon rocks brought back from each mission, it would geologists have been examining them for decades – or are they in on the conspiracy too?

In my mind we went to the Moon, it would have been harder to fake it. Like most conspiracy theories the blizzard of detail is often answered in some simple knowledge. If it had been faked the Russian and Chinese would have proved it long ago. This is one of those stories that needs putting to bed – so we can find a better conspiracy theory.

Simon 🙂

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Stories

Over the last couple of years I’ve written a number of short and not so short stories and trying to give them the visibility they deserve is a bit hard when they’re hidden behind a menu system on my blog page. So I’ve put as many of them as I can find on this post and I’m going to pin it on my page.

Many of them aren’t finished, but you know – Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that.


 

The Titan Mystery

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The Titan Mystery – Main image not my own (Deviant Art)

The Titan Mystery is my longest running story, set in the far future the commander and crew of the star ship Tycho become trapped in time and space while investigating a gigantic spacecraft that seems to be from distant future.

The only way for them to find a way to get free is to board the Titan and see what they can find out. What they discover is beyond they wildest dreams and nightmares.

 

The Titan Mystery                    The Titan Mystery – Part 2         The Titan Mystery – Part 3

The Titan Mystery – Part 4     The Titan Mystery – Part 5          The Titan Mystery – Part 6

The Titan Mystery – Part 7      The Titan Mystery – Part 8          The Titan Mystery – Part 9

The Titan Mystery – Part 10    The Titan Mystery – Part 11       The Titan Mystery – Part 12

The Titan Mystery – Part 13    The Titan Mystery – Part 14       The Titan Mystery – Part 15

The Titan Mystery – Part 16     The Titan Mystery – The Conclusion

 


 

Scorched Planet

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While on a less than routine mission to recover the data from a monitoring station David Hicks watches as a spacecraft passes over him and lands in the distance. Rather than being rescued by his partner he disobeys orders to find out more. He was prepared for aliens and maybe death, but not what’s inside that spacecraft.

The Scorched Planet                                                                                   Scorched Planet Part 2

Scorched Planet Part 3                                                                               Scorched Planet Part 4


 

Dark Horizons

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Dr Harry Tressler runs the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the mission is going well until a government official arrives with armed soldiers and a few other strange looking visitors. The mission is secretly hijacked and Dr Tressler and his team are forced to stay and help until the flyby is complete. But why is this happening?

Dark Horizons (Chapter 1 – Obol Discovered)

Dark Horizons (Chapter 2 – Interference)

Dark Horizons Part 3 – Encounters

Dark Horizons Part 4 – Aftermath


 

On the Brink of Midnight

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Midnight fails to fall on Sela’s home world and the consequences are going to be catastrophic for his whole race if he can’t find out why this is happening. With time short, Tira his partner and his brain as his only tools Sela finds out that their world is under attack with little to fight back with.

On the brink of Midnight #Blogbattle #Scifi

On the Brink of Midnight #Blogbattle #Scifi

On the Brink of Midnight #Blog Battle #Scifi

On the Brink of Midnight #BlogBattle # Scifi

 


 

The Adventures of Minecraft Steve

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Minecraft Steve is having a load of adventures with creepers, zombie pigmen and rogue crafters. It’s hard to know what’s going on sometimes.

Minecraft Steve and the Lost City – Part 1

Minecraft Steve and the Lost City – Part 2

Minecraft Steve and the Lost City – Part 3

Minecraft Steve and the Lost City – Part 4

Minecraft Steve and the Lost City – Part 5


 

Eternal Darkness

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This short piece is part of a concept and I’m excited about where it may lead. Chronos is entering orbit of a supermassive black hole, it’s mission it to take humanity further into the future than it would ever survive. Perhaps until the end of time.

Eternal Darkness


 

There’s loads more and I need to work and promote all of them, and this is something I hope to do more of so keep watching!

Simon 🙂

 

 

My 1000th Blog Post!

Hi ya bloggies, after I publish this post, I’m likely to get a little badge telling me I’ve just posted my 1000th blog post. I’ll be posting this too, but that’s for later…

For now I want to celebrate Planet Simon and 1000 posts of thoughts, musings, humour, fiction and discovery. I hope you’ll enjoy this look through the archives and for my long time bloggies it may bring back some memories.


 

Fiction

You all know of my love of science fiction and Fantasy and I’ve started writing my own, here are a few of the short stories I’ve written, some of which need finishing:

Dark Horizons:

A story about dark and sister happenings during the New Horizons Flyby of Pluto. There are secrets there that some on this world… and another, want to be kept hidden.

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https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/tag/dark-horizons/

 

Minecraft Steve

I’ve written a few stories on our block built crafter…

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https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/tag/adventures-of-minecraft-steve/

 

The Titan Mystery

My largest story written to date tells the story of a crew’s reconnaissance mission to a vast spacecraft. What they find is glimpse into the destiny of the human race… and their own fates.

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https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/tag/the-titan-mystery/

 


 

Solar System Exploration

Last year I created a series around the planets and moons of the solar system, a look at how the planets have played a part in our lives, how they’ve inspired us and looking at the science around them.

Planet Simon Solar System Exploration

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/category/solar-system-exploration/

 


 

Moving back to the more fiction (but maybe not) side of things, an ongoing series of short posts based on an X Files format called the Sci Fi files. Taking the popular stories and conspiracy theories and putting in a story around it. Taking the facts from wherever I can find them…

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https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/category/scifi-files/


 

Let’s not also forget the Sci Fi hub project which a few of you have signed up for:

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https://universeofpossibility.wordpress.com/

 


 

Along with this there’s been fun with Numpty’z

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I’ve even written about a few favourite Sci Fi films…

https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/category/films/


 

So if you’re a regular bloggie to my page or new, come along and have a look at what I’ve been up to for 1000 posts and stick around for the next 1000… and beyond!

Simon 🙂

The Sci-Fi Files – Alien Megastructures

Some years ago, mankind found out how to find planets round other stars and this is done by measuring the light of a star and watching for a dip in the light that occurs when a planet (mainly a large one like Jupiter) passes in front of it. This can reduce the light of the star detected by about 1%.

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The problem of going out looking for stuff is that something can be discovered that wasn’t expect or maybe even wanted.


What is an observer meant to think if a star dims by as much as 15% – 20% and this fluctuates over a matter of many days? What could possibly dim a star by as much as that?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIC_8462852

The most popular theory for this dimming is the light is being obstructed by an alien mega structure of some kind. An example of an Alien mega structure is a Dyson Sphere, a theoretical concept proposed by Freeman Dyson in 1960. A Dyson Sphere would almost or actually completely encompass a star, allowing the race that built it to be able to use all the energy from the star it’s was built around.

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The size that a planet orbiting around this star would need to be to dim it by 15% – 20% would be so massive and this would be detectable by a wobble in the star as the planet orbited. In essence what we have is a start that is dimming by an unusual amount. Whatever it is that’s causing it, natural or not has not been observed before. I may even be beyond our understanding.

We may not know for a long time what’s causing the dimming around KIC 8462852 but consider this, if there is an alien megastructure around it how much do they know about us? They must know we exist… surely? We in our relative technological infancy are able to possibly detect these alien races and their activity. If they are as technically advanced as we think then it stands to reason they are capable of travelling between stars, they almost certainly know about us and probably that we know about their existence.

Do they have a plan to reveal themselves, keep themselves hidden or… something else.

The possibilities are scary and exciting at the same time. We must never forget the quote from Arthur C Clarke:

“There are two possibilities, either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying”

 

Simon 🙂

Scifi Moments – When Machines Die

Science fiction films being what they are can give unique personalities to machines of different kinds, be they computers, robots or spacecraft. The moments when these machines are killed off are moments of sadness. These are some of the most memorable sad moments from science fiction movies. If you can think of others that are more memorable then let me know!

 

2001 A Space Odyssey- Hal

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Hal was the killer computer from 2001, highly intelligent and able to run the entire discovery spacecraft by himself. HAL mysteriously malfunctioned, killing a crewman Frank to get Commander Dave Bowman out of the spacecraft so he could kill those hibernating by evacuating the atmosphere from it.

Dave manged to get back to the Discovery and shut him down. Despite his calm and maniacal voice, you can’t help but feel for HAL as he is gradually deactivated.

 

 

Terminator 2

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Time, time travel and paradoxes always seem to cause problems and put many heroes to a sticky end. This is very well demonstrated in Terminator 2 when Arnie’s character after having been nearly smashed to pieces allows himself to be lowered into molten steel in order to destroy all trace of Skynet’s Terminator technology to stop Skynet’s creation in the first place.

As Kryten once said: “Today’s been a bit of a bummer really!”

Shame it didn’t work.

 

 

 

The Black Hole – BOB

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BOB was the bashed up little droid from the Black Hole, with a southern accent he brought out the love of the underdog in the audience. His memory banks clocked their last cycles after he crossed the formidable Maximilian. His buddy Vincent had to say a sad goodbye to BOB after the fight with the spacecraft disintegrating around them.

 

 

The Starship Enterprise

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After the death of Admiral Kirk’s son, Kirk had to surrender the Enterprise to his Kingon enemy. But not before he set the ship to self destruct. This created a scene that audiences were nothing less than stunned at.

 

 

Drone 3 (Luis) from Silent Running

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A little known (I nearly forgot this film too) called silent running saw a crew member defy orders to destroy the lifedomes they were carrying, kill his fellow crew members and go rogue and silent in order to protect the life in the dome that he loved.

In this were three drones, 1, 2 and 3 later renamed to Huey, Dewey and Louie. Louie came to an unexpected end while outside the spacecraft and his foot got stuck.I couldn’t find anything on YouTube on this scene. But this is a very different SciFi flick, it’s a mix of beauty, death and sadness with an ending you don’t expect.

 


 

I hope you liked this, I’m planning on making more SciFi film moments as there are so many. Any suggestions welcome.

Simon 🙂

 

 

A New SciFi and Fantasy Community

So here it is, the big reveal! Last week I posted about the Science Fiction and fantasy hub that I was planning. I’ve worked out how I think this is going to work, the intention is that each contributor will add their own work, link it back to their own site or blog. The idea is that having this one hub will give greater exposure to writers work in this area and one place for readers to go. This could work and it could be great but it needs you guys!


Where is the hub?

My old Universe of Possibilities blog is the location of this project. There is a bit of my work in there from when I was using the blog, I still need to do some housekeeping to bring it up to date, but I wanted to get this going and see how it goes.

 

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The hub can be found from the menu’s on sfarnell.wordpress.com or there is the picture above on my sidebar which will also take you to the site. From there a menu in the top right should give you what you need.


What do you do?

This is the simple bit, go to the menu in the top corner of the site and there is a page where all the contributors will be  listed (unless you don’t want to). Read the contributors notes (this will be updated from time to time) so you know what to expect.

Leave a comment that you wish to participate, I’ll need a picture and a note to use for the contributors page and I’ll send you an invite to be an Author on the blog. This will mean that you can add all the content you need, but are not an admin.

When this has been accepted by you, the universe of possibilities blog logo will appear as an option to post from your blog. Blog away to your hearts content, do you have a short story you want to promote? Or a book? Seen a film that you want to share? I want universe of possibilities to be the place to do this. I want to see good people’s work given that extra visibility it deserves.

Make sure you leave a link back to your blog, in fact why not duplicate the post on your blog and link back to it? It’s up to you and the possibilities are universal (I hope)! I’ve left comments closed on this site, but likes are still visible, this is why it’s important to link back to your own site as the comments are meant for you and you don’t want me answering them do you?

Of course the other thing needed is those to read, you’re no less important, come and follow and join in the fun and help make this work!


 

What else?

The only thing now is to remember this is only run but little me. My hope is to create a great workspace hub for readers and writers of this genre. It might take a few days to get invites out and to get your profiles onto the contributor page. I will do my best to make things work well and if you have suggestions or comments then please let me know. Leave a comment or find me from the contacts page which can be found on the menu.

 


 

I hope we can make this a cool and exciting project!

Simon 🙂

A New SciFi and Fantasy Community

So here it is, the big reveal! Last week I posted about the Science Fiction and fantasy hub that I was planning. I’ve worked out how I think this is going to work, the intention is that each contributor will add their own work, link it back to their own site or blog. The idea is that having this one hub will give greater exposure to writers work in this area and one place for readers to go. This could work and it could be great but it needs you guys!


Where is the hub?

My old Universe of Possibilities blog is the location of this project. There is a bit of my work in there from when I was using the blog, I still need to do some housekeeping to bring it up to date, but I wanted to get this going and see how it goes.

 

img_20160712_212443.jpg

The hub can be found from the menu’s on sfarnell.wordpress.com or there is the picture above on my sidebar which will also take you to the site. From there a menu in the top right should give you what you need.


What do you do?

This is the simple bit, go to the menu in the top corner of the site and there is a page where all the contributors will be  listed (unless you don’t want to). Read the contributors notes (this will be updated from time to time) so you know what to expect.

Leave a comment that you wish to participate, I’ll need a picture and a note to use for the contributors page and I’ll send you an invite to be an Author on the blog. This will mean that you can add all the content you need, but are not an admin.

When this has been accepted by you, the universe of possibilities blog logo will appear as an option to post from your blog. Blog away to your hearts content, do you have a short story you want to promote? Or a book? Seen a film that you want to share? I want universe of possibilities to be the place to do this. I want to see good people’s work given that extra visibility it deserves.

Make sure you leave a link back to your blog, in fact why not duplicate the post on your blog and link back to it? It’s up to you and the possibilities are universal (I hope)! I’ve left comments closed on this site, but likes are still visible, this is why it’s important to link back to your own site as the comments are meant for you and you don’t want me answering them do you?

Of course the other thing needed is those to read, you’re no less important, come and follow and join in the fun and help make this work!


 

What else?

The only thing now is to remember this is only run but little me. My hope is to create a great workspace hub for readers and writers of this genre. It might take a few days to get invites out and to get your profiles onto the contributor page. I will do my best to make things work well and if you have suggestions or comments then please let me know. Leave a comment or find me from the contacts page which can be found on the menu.

 


 

I hope we can make this a cool and exciting project!

Simon 🙂

SciFi and Fantasy Hub Ready for Action!

So here it is, the big reveal! Last week I posted about the Science Fiction and fantasy hub that I was planning. I’ve worked out how I think this is going to work, the intention is that each contributor will add their own work, link it back to their own site or blog. The idea is that having this one hub will give greater exposure to writers work in this area and one place for readers to go. This could work and it could be great but it needs you guys!


Where is the hub?

My old Universe of Possibilities blog is the location of this project. There is a bit of my work in there from when I was using the blog, I still need to do some housekeeping to bring it up to date, but I wanted to get this going and see how it goes.

 

img_20160712_212443.jpg

The hub can be found from the menu’s on sfarnell.wordpress.com or there is the picture above on my sidebar which will also take you to the site. From there a menu in the top right should give you what you need.


What do you do?

This is the simple bit, go to the menu in the top corner of the site and there is a page where all the contributors will be  listed (unless you don’t want to). Read the contributors notes (this will be updated from time to time) so you know what to expect.

Leave a comment that you wish to participate, I’ll need a picture and a note to use for the contributors page and I’ll send you an invite to be an Author on the blog. This will mean that you can add all the content you need, but are not an admin.

When this has been accepted by you, the universe of possibilities blog logo will appear as an option to post from your blog. Blog away to your hearts content, do you have a short story you want to promote? Or a book? Seen a film that you want to share? I want universe of possibilities to be the place to do this. I want to see good people’s work given that extra visibility it deserves.

Make sure you leave a link back to your blog, in fact why not duplicate the post on your blog and link back to it? It’s up to you and the possibilities are universal (I hope)! I’ve left comments closed on this site, but likes are still visible, this is why it’s important to link back to your own site as the comments are meant for you and you don’t want me answering them do you?

Of course the other thing needed is those to read, you’re no less important, come and follow and join in the fun and help make this work!


 

What else?

The only thing now is to remember this is only run but little me. My hope is to create a great workspace hub for readers and writers of this genre. It might take a few days to get invites out and to get your profiles onto the contributor page. I will do my best to make things work well and if you have suggestions or comments then please let me know. Leave a comment or find me from the contacts page which can be found on the menu.

 


 

I hope we can make this a cool and exciting project!

Simon 🙂

Monday Motivation – Eternal Darkness

Esther’s Monday motivation theme this week was darkness and this is the story I came up with:

Eternal Darkness

We had just left the wormhole that brought us here for a brief time we were in normal space. There it was before us. Our destiny, a circle of  blackness, darkness like I had never see before. Even the glowing gasses that shone brightly as it was being annihilated couldn’t light it up. This black hole named Goliath for our mission sucked matter, light, time, energy into its immensity and destroyed it was a sight that I could see but not even start to comprehend. They say when you look into the abyss the abyss looks into you but here there was nothing looking back. The darkness before us was something that I could never imagine in my worst nightmares.

Our mission was to find the other end of eternity, we were going to sit in orbit of this black hole, just outside its event horizon and wait for it to come. There was no obvious way of going back, it was humanity’s last chance to make its stamp in time and we had volunteered for it. 

I felt the manoeuvring engines guiding our vessel, the Chronos towards Goliath. The blackness filled the viewer gradually until nothing else could be seen.Despite the immensity of what we were witnessing, no one spoke. The first and perhaps the last humans to ever see a black hole. 

The operations manager looked around and announced “We’re in orbit around Goliath” His tone was a mix of  dark certainty and achievement “The gravity shield is in place and working perfectly. We should be able to maintain this orbit for as long as wee need to.” 

“How far are we from the even horizon?” I asked.

“One million, four hundred thousand kilometres. As close as we dare.” He replied.

I was in command of the mission to discover the end of the universe and of time. This is my story.
Simon 🙂