All civilizations either become spacefaring or extinct.

I started watching Star Trek when it aired in 1966. My father and I would watch episodes and talk about some of the concepts from the show. This was still three years before man would land on the moon.

The thought of humanity migrating off of planet Earth and out into the galaxy and ultimately into the universe was the stuff that dreams were made of. 

Decades later, fate would bring Carl Sagan‘s widow to The Illusion Factory with the hope that we would build a virtual reality museum that honored her husband. It was one of the highlights of my career. I so admired her husband, it was a passion project from moment one.

With all of the continuous technological advancements, we are witnessing the evolution of becoming a space fairing civilization and the experience is truly and majestically magical.

We have watched the International Space Station come into existence. We have seen two Voyager vessels travel more than 1,000,000,000 miles away from Earth and still  be capable of sending feedback. We have landed capsules on Mars and unleashed our robotic vehicles to explore the planet and discover water and other critical elements.

And our most intelligent scientists continue to try and explain the depths of mystery contained in quantum physics, which I believe will ultimately open the door to the reality that Dr. Sagan had predicted.

Humanity has more than its share of problems, but it also has more than its share of hope and promise and that is what allows me to live life as a perpetual optimist.

I close today with the two closest new photographs of Jupiter and Pluto for your enjoyment on this beautiful Saturday morning🌞 these are not shot from some telescope on earth, these are our robotic ships venturing into the galaxy❤️ 

I think Gene Roddenberry stated it correctly and his genius inspired countless others who followed…

Space, the final frontier

These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise

Its five year mission

To explore strange new worlds

To seek out new life

And new civilizations

To boldly go where no man has gone before

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!