I don’t know why this isn’t bigger news: NASA Completes 52-Year Mission To Find, Kill God:
After more than five decades of tireless work, brave exploration, and technological innovation aimed at a single objective, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Wednesday that it had finally completed its mission to find and kill God.
“I am ecstatic to tell you all today that we have beheld the awesome visage of the supreme architect of the cosmos, and we have murdered Him,” jubilant administrator Charles Bolden said after being drenched with champagne by other celebrating NASA employees. “There have been innumerable setbacks, missteps, and hardships over the past 50 years, but we always stayed true to our ultimate goal and we never gave up.”
“We finally got the son of a bitch!” Bolden continued. “He’s dead! God is dead!”
It’s been 40 years since we landed on the moon. I’m glad to see the Apollo 11 astronauts promoting the exploration of Mars instead of going back to the moon.
In honour of this historic occasion, I’ve posted the front page of The Onion from July 21, 1969:
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NASA deciding whether Endeavour crew needs to repair gouge:
…a nine-centimetre-long gouge the shuttle suffered during its launch last week penetrates all the way through thermal tiles on its belly.
Engineers are trying to determine whether the area can withstand the searing heat of atmospheric re-entry at the end of the flight.
Scary. I can imagine the engineers working non-stop to test if it can be fixed and its effect on the shuttle if it isn’t fixed.
Maybe. Probably. We may find out soon: NASA Probe to Explore Martian Arctic:
A three-legged NASA spacecraft with a long arm for digging trenches is going to the Martian north pole to study if the environment is favorable for primitive life.
The machine can’t detect life; it’s checking to see if the ground has organics that could support life.
I’m not sure why this stuff interests me. So if it DOES find organics, what then? What if life is found on Mars? It’s just cool, that’s what!
(via The Great News Network)
I’ve posted about this before and will probably do so in the future: NASA TV.
They have cameras all over the space shuttle, interior and exterior. You can watch the astronauts work, you can see views of the earth — all kinds of cool stuff. The live view from the space shuttle as it was taking off was kind of thrilling, for those of us who are easily thrilled by these kinds of things.
This time around they’re working on the international space station.