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I used to post a lot more cute or newsy type stuff here. I stopped because I started thinking I was spamming everyone with something they'd already seen. I lost sight of the fact that I like going back through my own journal and finding those things again.

So here is the White House's adorable response to the petition to build a Death Star.

And here is a more serious approach to actually sending humans to Mars.

I think if Pres Man and I were younger, we'd seriously be talking about Mars. I'm not sure how that would have played out, but I know he's always had an interest in it. I think I would miss the rest of the family too much to do it. I'm excited to see how it works out for whomever is chosen and get to go.

Date: 2013-01-14 01:36 am (UTC)
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When we were in Orlando in 2008, we did "Lunch with an Astronaut" at the Kennedy Space Center. One of the more remarkable statements was that the astronauts who would be making the trip to Mars were about 7 to 10 years old at that time, and they were probably strong introverts who had interests in both music & science and who wouldn't have a strong aversion to "plural relationships". The rationale for the statements was based on how far along the space program was in developing the Mars rocket, how long a Mars mission would take, and the kind of person who could mentally handle being captive in a pretty small space capsule for the length of time it would take to get there, the time it would take for Earth & Mars come back to the orbital window, and the trip back. I can't imagine seeing the same 9 people (they are assuming a 10 person crew for the first several missions) for 6 years (6 months there, 5 years wait, 6 months back).

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