ALMA view of Supernova 1987A

Alma View of Supernova 1987A



Going back 163,000 light years, where someday we will live and work,

Going there and visiting destinations, explorations in her uniqueness of curiosity and opportunity into the unknown;

Living her experiences, living her futures, robot humans,

And bringing back that knowledge to planet earth.


Seeing her red aura, understanding greatness through ships,

Travels, a voyage into the red core and leaving your home to go further;

Through cabins, to the atlantic voyage,

A sense of deep space, orbit and not just for a scientific purpose.


Sources of her materials, her excitement to the Moon landing,

Inspiration for the questions to ask – why are we not going back?

Going further to 1971, geologists drink tea out of boxes,

In them he collects the picture cards in the series.


The series called ‘Race into Space’ summarised space exploration,

starting with Sputnik to number 44, Lunar Rover;

The last 6 cards looked into the future, of early space station and rovers,

Then permanent base on the Moon, Mars exploration.


The human mission landing on the Moon then seemed perfectly reasonable,


The concept of nuclear thermal propulsion seemed reasonable, particularly for Nixon;

Fall of 1969, everything Federal was going in that direction,

We were building and building, Apollo and Apollo and then it fell, fell, fell…


Expansion and flowing of supernova,

A race through time and energy, a ball of fire, a global endeavour;

Her rational – inversion, dying, living and transformation,

A bridging through time, to advance our potential.


Leading through the days of our history,

A potential for past present tests of life;

Did we ever get going?

Tourism or science? Energy production or future life support utilisation?


What is her source of energy?

Can we turn that energy source, recycling into a bright future?

What values do we draw upon?  What powers do they bring us?

Where will we go from here?


by Helen Tung


Inspiration from an ALMA View of Supernova 1987A (Hubble image) and David Parkers talk, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration

Image credit: Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF);
ALMA Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) and R. Indebetouw (NRAO/AUI/NSF)