Dr Savitha was fascinated by the picture that an amateur photographer has posted on the social account. The Sun and the Earth’s Moon, were glowing brilliantly with white radiance!
Is the Moon really gleaming with joy? she wondered. Free from the clutches of the Earth’s gravitational force, Moon must be enjoying the free-floating, independence. ‘I now have my own path around the real star’, is this what it is proud of now? And what about the Earth. Like a bereaved lover, isn’t it longing to get its platonic love back? Earth needs to stage a better courtship… continued her train of thought.
“Hahaha! That’s quite a musing, Dr S”. laughed Dr Narayan.
Dr S was flustered. She got embarrassed when she realised that she had not logged out of the “Mind to Monitor (M2M)” mode from her work station. DR N thus had read all her thoughts on the screen. Rushing towards her work station to turn off the M2M mode, she heard Dr N laughing.
Coaxing her little bit, he said, “That’s a typical 21st century reaction. We are into late 30th century now. Come on Dr S, we can continue to discuss on the topic that has fancied your mind.”
Dr S turned around. Knowing that her thoughts resonated well with Dr N, she relaxed. Though heading the mission of “Restoration of Moon in Earth’s Orbit (ROMIEO)”, Dr N also was a renowned, bestselling author. He believed that seeds of the solution to seemingly impossible situation were buried deep into the far-fetched imagination.
ROMEIO was established in early 30th century. Earth had an unexpected, inevitable guest from the galaxy. A massive asteroid, 175km in diameter, identified as Bakasura, had lurked dangerously into the Earth’s orbit around the end of the 29th century. The trajectory with which it was expected to hit the Earth, intercepted the orbital plane of the moon around Earth. Specially built “Bheema” space ship was used as the Gravity tractor to tug the “Bakasura” asteroid onto a new path using its own gravitational pull.
It had a side effect although. It would have destabilizing effect on the moon. But considering the extinction level of impact, it was accepted as the calculated risk.
The Earthlings witnessed an earthquake like situation when the Asteroid was getting tugged away. It lasted for almost an hour. Public education, done well in advance averted panic. As night descended, the dark night skies however missed the presence of Moon! The World News agency confirmed the drift of the Moon. In due course of tugging the asteroid on to a new path, the Moon had drifted away from its orbit around the Earth, too. Thus making its bond with Earth weaker and letting it set free in the space.
It had far reaching impact on Earth. The seas got calmer. Solar tides then created only the ripples. Earth’s orbit around Sun grew more elliptical. And now Earth took 407.77 days to traverse it. The seasons changed and it took almost a century to settle into a new cycle. The Earth wobbled more. Though it was not felt by the humans, the terrestrial animals and the marine life were affected. The Earth was more prone to the meteor showers, meteor and asteroid attacks. Earlier the Moon had shielded the Earth without Earthling ever realising it.
Getting the clues from the Dr S’s thoughts, DR N had a brilliant idea. Why not woo its long lost partner by creating a Black hole like scenario closer to the original orbital path of Moon. And then tug the moon by the same Bheema space ship towards the black hole? May be that would restore the ‘Platonic Love Affair’ between the Earth and Moon, you never know he thought!