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Saturday, October 08, 2005
In order to entice people to actually still believe in the near defunct space program, NASA is endorsing space tourism.

I find this a bit hard to believe. Don't get me wrong, space exploration is of the utmost importance, but when you can't keep space vehicles from exploding you really shouldn't be taking paying customers. I wonder if NASA is a member of the Better Business Bureau?

Take for example one Gregory Olsen. A wealthy businessman with too much disposable income, Olsen is on the rapidly deteriorating ISS for a weeklong stay. This was said of Olsen:
Olsen is bunking in a sleeping bag, dining on prepackaged meals and going without running water. The trip is "like camping out," he said Tuesday.
Hey guy, you just paid $20,000,000 to the Russians for a "camping trip". Dummy.
"He is a real space researcher," Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev, one of Olsen's crewmates, said before their flight. "We can no longer simply call him a tourist."
Yeah, as much of a space researcher that a New Jersey businessman with a 6-inch porthole is allowed to be. You may no longer be able to call him a tourist Ivan, but I can still call him an idiot.

In the not-to-distant future, I see some asinine stats getting posted because of NASA's idea of space tourism. We might see "first guy to pay $20,000,000 for shooting up in space" or "first guy to pay $20,000,000 for getting shine-boxed on the ISS". I can't wait. Actually I can because the space program has lost its footing now. Gemini, Apollo, Hamm, Glenn, Armstrong, Shepard all great names and programs. Now we have Olsen and the Space Monkey's. Good one NASA.


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