atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5209: Get government out of space exploration

All they're doing is useless fapping. That's it: "Go to the Moon! No, skip the Moon and go to Mars! No, go to the Moon!" Of course, part of this useless vacillation is caused by the feckless indecision of the Vacillator in Chief, who's an idiot.
Since a space policy speech in 2010 by President Obama, the space agency has been following a loosely defined plan to first send astronauts to visit a fragment of an asteroid near the Moon and then conduct other operations in the vicinity of the Moon before striking off for Mars some time in the 2030s.
After, of course, Wingnuthead canceled NASA's work with the Ares, which was to be a heavy-lift booster capable of lofting spacecraft that could achieve escape velocity. (Unlike the shuttle, which was doomed forever to go no farther than low Earth orbit.)

They're right about one thing: going back to the Moon is essential, not just because it's good practice for landing on Mars but because there's a crapton of useful resources there and it would actually be cheaper (in the long run) to build the infrastructure to build and supply missions to Mars from the Moon that it would be to loft the stuff from Earth surface.

That is if, of course, you have the intention of continuing serious space exploration, and not just pulling off a few stunts and then quitting for five decades. (Six, actually. Shit.)

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This kind of thing happens more often than you'd think.

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So, having found the Princess Jellyfish anime on-line--more than the two eps presented in their entirety on YouTube--I watched it, and was moderately entertained. Mayaya's expostulations got old pretty fast, and I began to find myself groaning whenever she'd appear on screen because whenever anything happened she'd react to it exactly the same way she reacted to everything.

There was enough of a gap between my viewing of eps 1 and 2 and ep 3 that I don't remember why I wanted to watch more of it. I suppose it doesn't matter.

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To be honest, I don't even know what I'm doing out of bed.

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