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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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from: ex_ampere443
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)

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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from: thedward
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 08:57 am (UTC)

At least Mars doesn't have an ecosystem to fuck up (As far as we know).

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