To The Moon

Friday, July 13, 2012

I ran across this quote from Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, and I enjoy it for its poignancy and bluntness:

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.  From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty.  You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a bitch.'

Sure, astronaut Edgar does indeed endorse UFO myths, but that shouldn't detract from the general direction of his quote.  Perhaps someday, as space travel becomes easier and more common, more people will get a chance to see Earth from space.  Every astronaut ever quoted seems to have the same theme to their quote, just like every astrophysicist who studies this stuff:  when you look at us from the perspective of "up there" instead of "down here," all this petty crap dissolves; politics, race, territory all seem insignificant.


FIRE! M..Meh heh heh...FIRE!

Monday, July 09, 2012

H/T to Beavis and Butthead, of course.

But anyway, ever wonder what 270 solid rocket boosters and 405 main engines look like blasting-off simultaneously?


Great!  Since you've always wondered, here it is:  all 135 shuttle launches in the history of the program, launching simultaneously.



Sunday, July 08, 2012

OK Science nerds. on August 5 th a new rover will...hopefully land on Mars. Check out this video, which shows the sci-fi-like gymnastics this thing will undergo to deposit the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Click here.


Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I thought about leaving the "Oh, Canada!" post up over the 4th of July cuz it'd be funny, but I resisted and instead offer you Ray Charles playing "America, the Beautiful."  We have a fine national anthem, what with explosions and bravery and freedom, but there are days I think that this song would have made a wonderful anthem. Despite it not being such, I still love the song, and how this singer performs it.

But if we must have our true anthem, and we must, I say this is one of the best:


Oh, Canada!

Monday, July 02, 2012

I love our neighbors to the North.



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