Monday, September 15, 2008

Space 1999: A Chinese Production

WaPo has an article today suggesting that the Chinese are going to beat us back to the moon. The stilted comments from the NASA guy (Griffin) sounded just like they were uttered from Commander John Koenig - from the classic series, Space: 1999.

Here's a sample from Griffin:

"Whether this is cost-cutting across the board or if some people in OMB just don't like NASA, we don't know," the official said. "But the result is that our budget always seems to be less than it's supposed to be. The bare fact of this accomplishment will have an enormous, and not fully predictable, effect on global perceptions of U.S. leadership in the world," Griffin wrote at one point. OMB deleted it.

And now Commander Koenig:
We've had a lot of success so far. We know what dangers to expect out there from black suns, neutron storms, radiation and the like, but if we think we know everything that goes on out there, we're making a terrible mistake!

The best part of 1999 was that it came at the height of the anti-nuke era. TV shows and movies from the mid-1970's were filled with every conceivable nuclear disaster, including blowing the moon across the universe with a bunch of bad actors (excluding the slumming Martin Landau).

Griffin is worried the Chinese will get back to the moon before we do. So what? Are they going to mess with our stuff up there? NASA went all-in with the space station and I remember the arguments against another moonshot were based on the amount we could learn from a single mission vs. permanent inhabitation of a space station. Let the Chinese stay 40 years behind us, we need to think bigger - like Mars (cue Arnold Maaahhhhs). Unless we are concerned the Chicoms will stay up there...and stare at us...with their unblinking little eyes...

I forgot how cool those Eagles were.

I remember Dad making some comments about Barbara Bain. She was a granny to me in 1975, but now I see what he means. Damn.

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