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Well I hate to be this political early in the morning but…

Some of the tweets I have been reading this morning.

“Putting a robot on Mars: $2.5 billion. TSA budget 2012: $7.85 billion. And the robot works.”

“Dear Religion, While you were debating what chicken sandwiches were okay to eat, I just landed on Mars. Sincerely, Your Pal Science”

“Oh, you won a gold medal for running 100 meters? We just landed a car on Mars.” Nerds:1 Jocks:0″

So there you have government trash talk, religious trash talk, and social trash talk. Shouldn’t we be celebrating more? Wasn’t it the first missions to outer space that brought humanity together?

I was thinking the other day that it is so easy to mouth off online with a quick word, or joke, or sarcastic remark, and just as easy to do it in person. We forget how easy it really is to offend someone, or worse yet to hurt someone with our words. There is a lot of resentment in this day and age to be politically correct and to the contrary we joke constantly about being too afraid that we might offend someone. Like most everything else in life there should be a balance between the two.

We shouldn’t be afraid to say something in the case it might offend someone. This shouldn’t be an excuse to just blurt out whatever we are thinking just for the hell of it.

So here are my carefully crafted thoughts on the subject of landing the Curiosity rover on Mars.

We went to another planet.
We left our world and traveled into the void.
we are petty. we are small, and we should be humble
and yet
We have hope, We have dreams, and We can grow

During the Olympics, world records wore broken by fractions of seconds. Humanity inched it’s way to being faster, stronger, better,
oh and we also landed our hopes and dreams on another planet.

My Wife… the astronaut?

So a few months ago I was reading Gizmodo and they had this article that talked about how NASA was accepting applications for the new astronaut corp.  And I was thinking it was probably right when it said “Spoiler: you probably aren’t qualified.”

Then sure enough, a few hours later I get a message from my wife telling me she has applied to be an Astronaut.


See that there. That was my reaction too.

Then I actually took the time to read through the qualifications and requirements and it hit me. She is qualified. And then I though. my wife could be a freaking ASTRONAUT. How cool would that be? Granted it is a long difficult application process let alone training program and what have you but this would be so awesome. Talk about having the right stuff. She’s got a PHd. She has practical experience when it comes to experiments in space. (Having just recently completed some data analysis on samples that came back from in orbit.) She’s fun, smart, dedicated, and kind of goofy. So she would be a perfect modern day scientific geek hero.

I might be a little worried about her dropping a screwdriver or wrench while dangling on a rope a few miles above the earth. (assuming she actually went to space, as not all astronauts do. Not to mention the tools are magnetic for a reason) However I am totally up for her doing this and support her whole heartedly. Also it has the benefit of me never being asked to do the whole “Bring your parent to school day”

So congrats on applying Katie and I wish you godspeed for the first time and hopefully not the last.