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A Rough Day, Belatedly, for a Science {Fiction} Geek

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Feb. 3rd, 2003 | 03:56 am
mood: numbnumb

I don't watch TV, and I happened to skip the newspaper on Saturday. So, around 1400 CST Sunday, I saw the extra-bold headline of the Austin-American Statesman in its vending machine. I felt my world get just a little smaller.

As almost always happens in such moments, the Universe sent a single, anonymous witness. A slacker, this time. He followed my gaze; saw my silent tears. "It's a real shame," he offered, aloof. "Yeah," was my understatement. "We're not gonna make it if we can't get off this planet."

"Maybe that's the point," he muttered, as he walked away.

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Triple Entendre

Eerie

from: triple_entendre
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 02:04 am (UTC)
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Beam Us Out Of This Death Trap, Scotty

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from: ex_ampere443
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)
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I have often dreamed about the idea of being on the proposed 2017 manned mission to Mars. But, then, like that slacker, I sometimes wonder: should we really be allowed to spread this to another planet? If we can't even take care of our own, perhaps we don't deserve another chance.
It's my struggle between what I feel I must do (go into space and explore) and my conflicts with humanity.
It was really saddening to watch the video clips, though those people knew the risks and were doing what they loved.

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the Edward

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from: thedward
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 08:57 am (UTC)
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At least Mars doesn't have an ecosystem to fuck up (As far as we know).

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the Edward

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from: thedward
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 08:54 am (UTC)
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One of my most vivid memories from childhood is watching the first shuttle launch on tv when I was in kindergarten. Even more vivid is my memory of watching the challenger disaster. Then there was this. It didn't seem real at first. I guess it never does. So now I mourn again. I still long for the day that I can cast aside the fetters of gravity, if only for a bit.

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from: ex_ampere443
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 11:01 am (UTC)
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Ahhh, but you can!
I did a science experiment with NASA last summer and tested it on the KC-135 plane. It flies parabolas: 2G on ascent and "weightless conditions" on freefall! It is undoubtedly the best thing I have ever done.

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Ascendant

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from: tragemorph
date: Feb. 10th, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)
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you know how after sept. 11, george bush has really stepped up doing all this global powerhousing the terrorists no doubt would have hated? and you know how a lot of people believe that some the ways he is conducting the war on terrorism, and especially the coming war on iraq in general, are likely to breed more resentment and future terrorism?

well, i think that by a similar mechanism, the space shuttle tragedy is going to lead to renewed interest and momentum for the space program. so i think those men and women did not die in vain.

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