The Future of Manned Space Experiments

I’m a nerd and I love NASA. I love it so much; I subscribe to their vodcast (I hate that word). But the sad fact is that there hasn’t been much of a reason to put men (in the gender-neutral sense) into orbit since Skylab crashed back to Earth.

There is research to be done, and obviously we need to figure out how to deal with the long-term effects of weightlessness if we’re ever gonna get off this doomed shithole of a planet. But we’ve learned more from Voyager, Viking, Venera, Spirit, Opportunity, Cassini-Huygens, and countless other robots than all of the golf balls swung by dudes on the Moon.

Men in space is cool, but until we find a way to get there cheaply and make interplanetary travel much quicker (Ion drive baby!), we’re just jerking off into the aether. Wake me up when New Horizons gets to Pluto.

UPDATE: It’s weird that the day I posted this, I came across this article about the Aldrin Cycler. Interesting stuff. I hope it gets put to use in my lifetime.

Next Week: Down and Out in Mesopotamia

5 thoughts on “The Future of Manned Space Experiments”

  1. When I read “Cassini-Huygens” my coffee-deprived mind read it as “Vanessa Hudgens.” While the notion of shooting anyone involved with the High School Musical series into space is appealing, I was pretty confused.

    Great cartoon. The manned (peopled?) flights need to be much better planned, it seems. Didn’t someone in the White House commit to a mission to Mars? Going back to the Moon? Some guy with a dopey grin? I think he got distracted by crapping $3 trillion and 4,000 lives in the Middle East.

  2. Why do I know who you’re talking about? I watch too much TV.

    They’re working on the new Moon mission stuff now, but it’s slow as shit. I think 20 years will pass before anything happens. If NASA got half of the defense budget, we’d all be on Mars in that bar with the chick with three boobs.

  3. Dude, her nude pics are your screen saver. You ain’t foolin’ me!

    FWIW, I hope we land on Mars by the time I’m a grandfather (which also contains the hope that my kids don’t start breeding too soon.) One of the moons on Jupiter – Europa? – might have life forms beneath the ice. We need to start terraforming the solar system so we’re in a good place to leave it before the sun goes red giant on us.

    I plan for the long term.

  4. Walk Manny…Walk Manny… Walk Manny. Why aren’t you walking Manny? Such an easy decision, and so infuriating. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. I hate everything, especially when people make dumb decisions about things I care about.

  5. I don’t get it, the Yankees dug up that silly shirt, and they still lost. Superstitions aren’t real? Color me flabbergasted.

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