I think you could argue that astronomy and space are more popular than ever. The economy and other world issues have seemed to overshadow NASA and its upcoming promises. They are testing the successor to the shuttle and are formulating a plan to go back to the moon. I for one am looking forward to our future endeavors to space. If that makes me a minority so be it. Space will continue to be a part of our lives as long as we are a part of it. The sun and moon will eclipse, meteors will fall, and the milky way will continue to light up the sky away from the city. We are indeed boldly going places.
Based off of the new movies that are coming out of Hollywood, it looks like Astronomy and Space are a great place for a movie to start!! :)
This is tyler and ashley from the tuesday night lab and I think NASA spends a lot of money going into space and we have people that are homeless or can't afford health care and I think we should take some of those dollars and try to help people now and put future space explorations on the backburner.
TBone, if looking forward to space exploration makes one a minority, I bet most of us here would qualify! And I hope you're right, though I keep getting distracted by the threats NASA (and private organizations) face.
Tyler and Ashley, you represent a sizable part of the American people, I bet, who just don't see space as a worthy priority right now. Of course I'd disagree (and would point out that it's not a matter of either/or, since I'm sure we could fund space exploration and quality of life programs), but that was kind of the point of this post. NASA needs to do a better job of proving to you guys why space is really worth it.
Let's hope the next batch of movies helps us toward that goal!
In the early days of NASA, everything they did was for the first time and considered exciting. Everyone I knew and I have to assume a large portion of the US was behind "Putting a man on the Moon and bringing him home again" by the end othe 1960's. For those old enough to remember, by the third and fourth Apollo missions the networks wouldn't even break in for normal space activities until the ill-fated Apollo 13 incident.
I believe that NASA has taken on the personna of being better than the average American. They don't even present themselves to the American public in a way that sells what they do.
Bottom line they have no direction or single goal. They are all scared of losing funding and I believe they have too many "irons in the fire." Spin off some of what they do to the private sector. Robotic missions should be handled by others. NASA should be about one thing and one thing only, manned missions.
I don't think we are going places on this scavanger hunt!!!
Firefly was in fact... Weak. However, Star Wars and Elton John have had a large impact on my otherworldly desires. I have only been to space once at a party in high school, and I would rather never go back. I forgot NASA even existed. Have they done anything worthwhile since Tang? I think that picture is photoshopped. Hello Angela!
Firstly, firefly is without question, a great cinematic adventure.The fact that it was cancelled after one season is evidence of an unjust god.
Star Trek definitely sparked my interest in space as well.
We thought of several movies and tv shows that bring about an interest in Space. They include:
Space Jam (with michael jordan)
All of the Star Wars movies :)
-Piper, Erin, and Jessica
My father personally has always been interested in all of the Sci-Fi Television shows and all that nonscense, but me personally I mostly enjoyed watching all of the Star Wars movies and became a passionate fan! :) Although I would like to see us move faster into understanding more about space, right now I believe that NASA is spending to many tax dollars on things that are - or how it seems- to be taking us nowhere. As far as Firefly... I have no clue.
Also, I do believe that since Al Gore has sealed our impending doom with global warming, that we are a resourceful enough society to find a new answer to our over populated and slowly becoming a big fish bowl world. Evenutally we'll discover that we can build ion engines, light sabers and take off in to the cosmos. So we are going boldly, just at a very slow pace.
Once we have explored all the planets in our solar system and possibly colonized Mars, what happens to our human space exploration efforts? The vast distance between the stars makes it seem improbable we will ever colonize another star system.