Sunday, July 31, 2011
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The This Space Available blog post NASA's Latest Mission To Jupiter: The Juno Spacecraft (And Also...A Tweetup!) is now located at
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Friday, July 29, 2011
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
NASA photo from 1981. I'm assuming this was taken after NASA made clones out of the remaining DNA samples of Young and Crippen. Engle and Truly were not aware of the switch yet...but wait, were STS-2 clones too? The mind boggles!
Part of the never-ending fun of being a spaceflight enthusiast is hearing endless conspiracies about various NASA missions. I won't even get into the dozens of
crazies um, curious people who think the moon landings were faked. A friend sent me a link to what may be the very best NASA conspiracy theory ever, though. This one involves the space shuttle Columbia and cloning. And not just ordinary cloning - NASA somehow managed to clone John Young and Bob Crippen. I wish I made this whole thing up in my mind, but here's a link to prove that someone dreamed up this hot mess scenario and posted it on an Internet message board.
I'm just going to do a capsule summary of this interesting theory, since I've already posted the link above, and plus if I read the entire poorly written post again I'm afraid I'll legitimately have some kind of grand mal seizure from the awful grammar and writing. Basically, the poster claims that the "real" space shuttle Columbia exploded or was somehow destroyed. As if this conceit wasn't tasteless enough (seriously, anyone writing a fanfic-esque story about a fictitious space disaster which kills real people has some kind of mental issue...), the poster claims "synthetics" a.k.a clones were made of STS-1 astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen in order to carry out the "fake" first Columbia mission. Or something like that. Around this point I thought someone had given me some of the "bad shit" (a.k.a brown acid) from Woodstock, and I had to stop reading.
So there you go. This is the greatest space conspiracy theory I've probably ever read, although I am sure there are some even more amazing stories out there. I can assure all readers that STS-1 was, in fact, a real space shuttle mission which began and ended successfully with its non-cloned astronauts on board. Also, how difficult would it be to clone Young and Crippen? Seriously...? I doubt cloning technology was fantastic in 1981; remember, 1981 still boasted cathode ray televisions and rotary phones. NASA would have messed up the clones. Clone John Young would have been from Rhode Island, and he would have hated corned beef sandwiches. Clone Bob Crippen would have hated tanning. People would have caught onto the deceit pretty quickly. YOU CAN'T CLONE PERFECTION, PEOPLE!
"Aw shucks. Ah am a clone now." The real John Young in a real space shuttle simulator, 1981 NASA photo.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The This Space Available blog post Jack Swigert of the Week: Givin' All The Haters Side Eye... is now located at
Friday, July 22, 2011
The This Space Available blog post Spacelog Captures Liberty Bell 7, Gateway Drugs Into Manned Spaceflight, And Other Meanderings... is now located at
The This Space Available blog post Yet Another Completely Cool Photo of STS-135: Reentry Edition is now located at
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The This Space Available blog post Atlantis' Last Crowning Achievement: STS-135 Lands, July 21, 2011 is now located at
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The This Space Available blog post This Is It: STS-135 Reentry And Landing, July 21, 2011 is now located at
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The This Space Available blog post Watch The ISS/Atlantis Separate For The Last Time This Morning At 2:28 AM EDT is now located at
Monday, July 18, 2011
The This Space Available blog post A Country Boy Can Survive...On The Space Shuttle: John Watts Young, STS-1 Edition is now located at
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The This Space Available blog post Jack Swigert of the Week: Some People Do What They Like... is now located at
Saturday, July 16, 2011
The This Space Available blog post And Once Again, More Thanks To My Readers, Old And New is now located at
Friday, July 15, 2011
The This Space Available blog post A Country Boy Can Survive...In Space, Part 2: John Watts Young - Apollo 10 Edition is now located at
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
The This Space Available blog post NASA Tweetup News: Guess Who's Making Yet Another Trip To Florida's Space Coast? is now located at
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The This Space Available blog post A Few Things We'll Miss About The Space Shuttle: Central Florida Edition is now located at
Friday, July 8, 2011
The This Space Available blog post STS 135 Update From Titusville - July 8, 2011 is now located at
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