V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
The evacuation of outer space
Will humans voyage beyond our blue planet?
By E.J. Maliskas [ Tue Aug 30 2011 5:14 PM ]
Space is still the final frontier. But it seems mankind is no longer going—even where others have already gone before. On Feb. 1, 2010, the Obama administration announced the cancellation of the Constellation program, taking with it all of NASA's foreseeable return-to-the-moon plans.
The final NASA shuttle, Atlantis, launched on Friday, July 8. And late last week, rumors began circulating about the possibility that the International Space Station may go unmanned in the wake of a Russian supply ship crash.
In the middle of last week, the Soyuz rocket, which carries both unmanned cargo vehicles and crew modules, experienced a booster failure and crashed in eastern Russia just minutes after launch. The failure raised safety concerns and has pushed officials to consider running entirely unmanned operations starting as early as November.
An evacuation of the ISS would mean that the number of humans currently in space would drop straight to zero.
So what do these cancellations and evacuations really mean? Is this really the end of human space exploration as we know it? Many remain optimistic: NASA chief Charles Bolden declared in July that the end of the space shuttle program is not the end of human spaceflight. He was confident that private spaceflight firms—New Mexico’s own Spaceport America, for instance—will pick up the responsibility of taking humans to space and back. NASA has also recently opened their new office, the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, which will oversee deep-space manned missions.
Other groups have embraced the end of human spaceflight and encourage others to do so as well. Michael Lind of Salon.com declares that “if God wanted us to live in outer space, we wouldn't have inner ears.”
Whether these changes truly mark the end of an era is uncertain, but it is clear that many things will change moving forward. The commercialization of spaceflight means fewer scientists and more vacationers; less exploration and more recreation. It may no longer be the international space programs' main responsibility to “explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before”.
V.20 No.31 |
The Daily Word: 8.5.11
Facebook, assaulting Philly buses, kidnapping babies, and weasels planning for the future
By Summer Olsson [ Fri Aug 5 2011 11:44 AM ]
Rio Rancho bank robber still on the loose.
Gunmen shoot up Phillu bus.
Mark Zuckerberg's sister leaves Facebook.
Officials kidnap babies in China.
Head of India's Congress Party had surgery in the United States.
Juno to Jupiter!
Perhaps Obama didn't lose to GOP.
A seven-year-old kid's prehistoric blog.
South American weasel-like animals plan for the future.
V.20 No.29 |
The Daily Word 7.25.11: NFL lockout; Chupacabras; Fake Apple stores; Rebecca Black
By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Jul 25 2011 9:37 AM ]
NFL players and staff agree on deal to end lockout.
Texas teen allegedly shoots and kills a chupacabra.
China is shutting down all the fake Apple stores.
Oh no, no, we are not done talking about Rebecca Black.
Christmas in July: Santas from across the globe compete in obstacle course.
Why is insolence so funny?: Blogger David Thorne on Missy the missing cat.
How to eat Cheetos without getting orange crap all over your fingers.
NASA releases book for visually impaired to learn about the moon.
The Oatmeal: Bobcactus.
16 pictures humorously depicting expectations vs. reality.
The Daily Word in rain, beer and tall women
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jul 21 2011 10:59 AM ]
Atlantis touches down.
Russians declare the era of the Soyuz.
First spacesuits sewn by women who made bras for Platex.
ACLU sues secretary of state for failing to reveal evidence of 37 immigrants she says voted illegally.
Corrales couple wins $200,000 off the lotto.
Ghost of a ghost town all that remains after Bland burns up in Las Conchas fire.
Hit songs written at expensive writing camps, hit factories.
You may be able to trap creatures again in New Mexico.
Russia finally admits beer is alcohol.
What's a calorie?
You're so vain … creative people, says this study.
Tall women get cancer more.
V.20 No.28 | 7/14/2011
The Last Shuttle
NASA promises this is not the end of human space travel
By Natalie Willoughby
The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, marks the end of NASA's 30-year program, which began in 1981 with Columbia. Despite predictions that weather conditions would force a cancellation, an estimated 1 million visitors and 2,000 members of worldwide media looked on with awe.
V.20 No.12 | 3/24/2011
The Daily Word sings of leprechauns, hangovers and space coke.
By Nick Brown [ Thu Mar 17 2011 9:52 AM ]
The U.N. debates what to do about Libya.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Obama’s really an O’Bama.
Hangovers get worse as you get older. Unless you stay in constant practice.
People are critical of NASA’s space powder program.
33% of Staten Island is on pain pills.
Good guy Seann William Scott gets a thumbs up from Gawker for seeking help.
Who will be interim chief medical officer?
In 1997 a Roswell woman saw a leprechaun.
Ah, the ever fascninating Hensel Twins.
A funny thing happened to a loser and everybody felt good.
APD officers need to be careful with Facebook or it’s firesville.
It could be curtains for the Radisson Hotel and Water Park.
There will be an open casting call for The Avengers in about a week.
There are more local stories from Alexis over at DCF.
Happy birthday, Kurt Russell.
Thanks to Geoffrey Anjou and Tom Nayder for story links and constant emotional support.
V.19 No.24 | 6/17/2010
The Daily Word 6.15.10: Vuvuzelas, Marijuana, Solar Flares
By Adam Fox [ Tue Jun 15 2010 10:48 AM ]
Gen. David Petraeus passes out in the middle of a Senate hearing.
Republican congressman Steve King says Obama favors blacks over whites.
A woman dies after she receives lungs from a 30-year smoker. Who really thought that would work out?
That constant humming you’re hearing while watching the World Cup? It’s just vuvuzelas, you’re not going insane. Get an anti-vuvuzela filter to cancel out the noise.
NASA says a massive storm of solar flares will hit around 2013, which could fuck up a lot of electronics.
A Barcelona clinic is investigated for offering to cure gays.
Road trip! There seems to be marijuana growing in Manhattan’s Union Square Park.
An APD officer shoots and kills a man at the Flying J truck stop on Central and 98th.
The Luna County Sheriff’s Department discovers 70 roosters in a cockfighting raid.
BP buys 32 oil-separating machines from Kevin Costner to clean up the Gulf.
Today in “Who Cares?” News: Eminem almost died.
V.19 No.15 | 4/15/2010
NASA v. Comet Empire
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Mon Apr 12 2010 2:40 PM ]
It should come as no surprise that astronauts are a bunch of nerds. (The new ones anyway. Neil Armstrong and his boys were a bunch of hard-drinking, skirt-chasing wingnuts.) Leave it to a Japanese astronaut to take it to the next level, though. The other day, astronaut/otaku Soichi Noguchi hung out on the International Space Station dressed as Derek Wildstar (known as Susumu Kodai in Japan) from the anime series "Star Blazers" (known as "Space Battleship Yamato" in Japan). Awesome or nerdy or awesomely nerdy? You decide!
V.19 No.13 | 4/1/2010
The Daily Word 3.30.10: Christian Crazies, Ricky Martin, NASA
By Adam Fox [ Tue Mar 30 2010 10:46 AM ]
NYPD cops carry machine guns on subways in light of the recent Moscow suicide bombings.
Gonorrhea could become a drug-immune epidemic.
A hotel custodian calls in a bomb threat so he could have a day off.
The FBI raids Christian groups “preparing to do battle with the Anti-Christ.”
Ricky Martin, of Menudo and solo fame, finally decides to come out of the closet.
The Northeast prepares for possible historic flooding. What’s up with the massively epic natural disasters lately?
This is getting ridiculous: NASA joins the Toyota probe to explain the “cosmic ray electromagnetic interference” theory.
Ten people ages 8-21 shot dead by drug traffickers in Durango, México.
Karl Rove heckled and called a “war criminal” at a book signing in Beverly Hills.
A group is lobbying to have Ronald McDonald removed as the McDonald’s icon for luring kids into its McFattening McTrap.
Yet ANOTHER stabbing at a UNM area intersection.
Police catch 3 people suspected of committing more than 200 car burglaries.
V.16 No.27 |
The Daily Word 07.07.07
By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Sat Jul 7 2007 7:15 PM ]
Cockfighters should take up the other cockfighting, instead of filing lawsuits.
Domenici, others ditch Bush's Iraq policy.
People are still dying in Iraq.
See the new 7 new wonders of the world.
NASA's Dawn to study asteroids between Mars and Jupiter.
Read all about Boeing's new Dreamliner, a plane set to alter air travel.
U.S. appeals court alright with National Security Administration's domestic spy program.
French cosmetic company, L'Oreal, fined for racism.
Pamplona's running of the bulls was today.
Woman's anti-communist ephemera collection draws praise.
Today's Live Earth concerts sound like a big joke.
Here's yet another excellent reason to despise Avril Lavigne.
Weather: Today's forecast calls for rain. And it's still hot.
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