Kirk in Space

90 year old William Shatner, Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, went to space today. He went on a Blue Origin rocket, aka Amazon. He is the oldest human ever to go to space. Fitting that it’s the cat who commanded the ship that took us to the final frontier.

When I heard that he was going today I was a little nervous. I was afraid he might get lost and I started wondering if he should have brought George Takei with him.

Yeah… that’s a Star Trek joke. I mean, come on. It’s the single most obvious attempt at humor in the history of the English language, or at least in the history of Western Civilization since Star Trek the original series was on the air. If you don’t get it, Takei played the guy who drove Shatner’s ship. Get it now?

Okay.

What a friggin’ day.

Good on you, Bill. I just hope Bezos paid for your ticket.

Compensating

I know that Jeff Bezos is overcompensating for something but I can’t quite put my finger on what that might be…

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What is Jeff Bezos compensating for? I can’t quite figure it out.

OSIRIS-REx

NASA put a probe onto the ground on an asteroid and vacuumed up some samples to bring home.

Can you believe what humanity can do when it applies science?

Yup, looking at you climate deniers, antivaxers, flat earthers, etc, etc.

Venus

A European/Japanese probe, on it’s way to Mercury, took a few quick shots of Venus as it flew by this week. Is there life in those clouds? Maybe. Will this probe give us an answer? Nope. Are the pictures awesome? Very much so.

Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is approaching Ceres.  Ceres is considered a Dwarf Planet as well as an asteroid.  Not only “an” asteroid, but the original asteroid.  It’s full name is 1 Ceres because it was the first object classified as an asteroid.

Back in 2006 when the whole Pluto-is-not-a-planet fiasco happened there was talk of Ceres being included in the list of planets. It was discovered in 1801 and for a number of years it actually was considered a planet before getting demoted to asteroid. Then in ’06 it was classified a dwarf planet instead of a planet. I felt bad for the little ball of ice. It was like it had been kicked in the teeth twice. I vowed at that time that I would be the first red head to walk on its surface.

How’s that working out for me?

Want to Live on Mars?

Would you like to live on Mars?

In a totally related yet seemingly unrelated question, Would you like to spend the rest of your life as a reality TV star?

If the answer to both questions is yes, then have I got a link you need to read!  Click on this space.com article and prepare to be dazzled.

So you have to be mentally and physically healthy, smart, and over 18 years old in order to apply to be a Martian colonist.

Allow me to quote one thing from the article:

“Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria,” Norbert Kraft, Mars One’s chief medical director and a former NASA researcher, said in a statement.

I think Norbert might have misspoke a little here.  I think bravery might still be a necessity for anyone planning to move to an uninhabitable planet for the rest of their lives.  I think that if you are planning to do that for a living, forever, you should probably have a solid set of balls (literally or figuratively).  Just saying.

I think the funding plan for this is absolutely hilarious.  Just think of the 24/7 (actually, how long is a day on Mars, and how would we define a week there?) television coverage of the people living in the artificial habitat.  How long would it last before they start scripting the daily events.  How long until they send a space craft full of eligible, sexy, single women along with a great big bucket of red roses so that they can air The Bachelor: Mars once a week?  Think of the ratings!

I may sound cynical about this project, but I have to say… if I were 18 and could speak Dutch?  I would totally go for it.

We’re coming for you, Marvin the Martian.  I don’t know when we’re going to get there, but we are going to get there.