Into Infinity….!

Only NASA wants its’ astronauts back:

It is often described as “the final frontier”, and not just by those who follow the adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise. The phrase, though, may take an even more literal meaning for those exploring space in the future.

The next generation of astronauts may hurtle through the cosmos for years or decades on a mission to explore distant planets and stars – and never return.

A senior Nasa official has told the Guardian that the world’s space agencies, or the commercial firms that may eventually succeed them, could issue one-way tickets to space, with the travellers accepting that they would not come back.

The prospect of spending years cooped in a spacecraft would not deter people from applying, he said.

“You would find no shortage of volunteers,” said John Olson, Nasa’s director of exploration systems integration. “It’s really no different than the pioneering spirit of many in past history, who took the one-way trip across the ocean, or the trip out west across the United States with no intention of ever returning.”

In May 1961, President John F Kennedy challenged the US to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade and return him safely to Earth. In an effort costing an estimated $1.4tn in 2009 dollars, Apollo 11astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon 40 years ago today. Now, Nasa hopes to reignite the public’s interest in manned space flight and win support for a massive investment in new trips to space.

If, as Olson predicts, humans reach Mars by the middle of this century, engineers and astronauts may then set their sights on the frozen planets, fiery moons and stars beyond.

I have a suggestion; how about us old, sick, but still able to use our brains ‘almost seniors’ volunteer to take these missions?

We’ve already have our kids, we have grand-kids yeah, but some of us have chronic illnesses that will kill us sooner than later. So cosmic radiation would be no issue.

They’d get more mileage out of us than robots any day!\

And he’s right, despite the dangers, there’d be no shortage of volunteers.

So why send the healthy ones when the marginally healthy will do?

Space exploration volunteers wanted (The catch? It’s a one-way ticket)


5 responses

  1. Hi Dad2059,

    How about into oblivion…!

    I haven’t posted to your site in months. Why? I’m terminally depressed concerning outcomes for planet earth.

    Men and women have become so enamoured with the making of geld regardless of their national origins that they simply and unequivocally don’t seem to realize that their home; ie., their Mother the Earth is headed for an evironmental and economic crash of “Big Bang”;ie.,but, imploding proportions.

    All the sci-fi, escapist plots in this world will not amelioriate the outcome of this impending disaster.

    I used to enjoy sci-fi, now I loathe it too, embracing Marx’s thoughts on capitalism as being “opium for the masses” which seemingly sci-fi and all its variations have become; ie., escapist b.s., all while our very planet perishes about us.

    I’m not trying to trash your enthusiasm etc., but I just no longer buy into it.

    We aren’t going to the moon, the planets or the stars, but seemingly back to simply “a quest for fire” itself if we don’t turn about concerning our selfish, planetary destructive ways.

    Carl Nemo **==

    1. “embracing Marx’s thoughts on capitalism as being “opium for the masses””…extract from my commentary

      What a hoot! I definitely wasn’t banging on all cylinders last evening. Marx was referring to religion not to capitalism. My apologies for the brain f*rt. 😀

      I’m probably a prime volunteer candidate for a one way mission to the nearest black hole. :))

      Carl Nemo **==

  2. It’s nice to hear from you Nemo, it’s too bad you’re depressed though.

    I probably should be depressed about how things are and I do sometimes.

    But I can’t for the life of me become a ‘human self hater.’ It just ain’t there inside of me Nemo, I have too much ornery-ness, obstinance and fight to give it up.

    When the NWO thugs come for me, then I might consider giving it up, but probably not then either.

    Until then, onward and upward!

  3. Thanks dad2059 for replying to my post with a nihilist slant. Too many brewski’s along with long days of laboring on my spread cutting trees for next winters wood supply in 90 degree plus weather probably did it. My apologies for “raining” on your site which to me is still one of the most enjoyable to frequent if just to read content. Thanks. : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. I missed you when you didn’t come by here for a while Nemo, I enjoy your intellect ( even the bouts of depression once in a while ).

    If I can get people involved in discourse here, I’d have a hell of a good site. As you can see from my stats, I don’t lack for want of clicks.

    I get more international hits than ‘Murikkkan though. Must be folks here don’t like to be shaken from their slumber.

    Ignorance is bliss I guess.

    Or they think I’m just plain whacko! 😆

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