Culture: November 2017 Archives

Rocket Boys in Carbon Creek

Rocket Boys, Vulcans, and Wandering Apollo Rockets, SpaceRef

"I first wrote this for StarTrek's official website in 2002 the day after the "Enterprise" episode "Carbon Creek" first aired. The story was clearly inspired by my friend Homer Hickam's book "Rocket Boys" Well, that episode was on TV last night. Curiously, after 15 years, and several pivots, NASA seems to be moving back toward the Moon again (which happens to be my favorite destination for human exploration as well as Homer's) and interstellar object 1I/'Oumuamua (previously A/2017 U1) is passing through our solar system - echoes of the plot of yet another Star Trek tale i.e. "Star Trek First Contact". Within - and below - my article are references to thinking that was on everyone's mind as talk of going back to the Moon and on to Mars was on everyone's mind. This was a few months before the loss of Columbia and more than a year before President Bush announced the "Vision for Space Exploration"."

Please stop annoying this NASA scientist with your ridiculous Planet X doomsday theories

"David Morrison is a real NASA scientist who studies real planets and makes real discoveries about the real universe. Unfortunately for him, Morrison's duties also include debunking perennial Internet theories that a fake planet is about to destroy the Earth, which was supposed to happen in 2003, then 2012, then Sept. 23, then October - and now the world is supposed to end again some time Sunday. And the astronomer sounds like he's just about had it. "You're asking me for a logical explanation of a totally illogical idea," Morrison said on this week's SETI Institute podcast, after the hosts asked for his take on third scheduled apocalypse in three months. "There is no such planet, there never has been, and presumably there never will be - but it keeps popping up over and over."

Keith's note: Please let me know on Monday if the world ends on Sunday so I can update this post.

In emails, NASA denies child slave ring on Mars, confirms politician-eating tentacle monster on Europa, Muckrock

"Back in July, (alleged) former Central Intelligence Agency officer and one-time Reform Party presidential nominee Robert David Steele appeared on Alex Jones' InfoWars to voice a pet canard: he claims that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration had a colony of child slaves on Mars. The Daily Beast reached out to NASA to respond. The agency confirmed with barely concealed irritation that it does not, in fact, have a colony of child slaves on Mars."

Goofy Mars Conspiracies Part 2 (Update), earlier post (July 2017)

Keith's note: I was just interviewed by BBC Live at Five about this nonsense. Audio below.


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