Connor Johnson, a six-year-old from Colorado, has long dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Now, he is on a mission to save NASA. He launched a petition on the White House website to gain support for the program and has received thousands of signatures. Since the petition has gained national attention, he’s received all kinds of calls and messages from people. This week, however, he got a very special call — from astronaut Gene Cernan. Cernan was the last American to walk on the moon 41 years ago, and when he heard about Connor’s determination to go to space, he wanted to do anything he could to keep that inspiration alive.
Cernan says he sees Connor in himself, and had big dreams of his own when he was Connor’s age. He told Connor that to go to space in the future, “you’ve got to dream about things that a lot of other people think you can’t do.” He also told Connor to “take us back to the moon, take us to Mars, and just remember I will always be with you on every trip you take.” Pass the tissues, please! [USA Today]
Our favorite part of Newt Gingrich’s platform was his promise to build an American moon colony. “Imagine weightlessness and its effects” he said of the benefit of the space honeymoons, which he believes will be all the rage in a few short years. We’re not really seeing romantic space getaways catching on anytime soon. Zero-gravity sex sounds like a disaster to us. Our reasons after the jump. Keep reading »
I just assumed that the whole point of becoming an astronaut and taking the long ride out to the final frontier was for the glory of experiencing zero-gravity sex, even if those pesky space suits do seem a little restrictive. But apparently space sex is against the rules of astro-conduct. Space Shuttle commander Alan Poindexter, who just returned with his six-person, coed crew from a two week mission to the International Space Station, was offended by the very thought of getting busy in the great beyond. When asked what would happen if his crew did it in space, he said, “We are a group of professionals … we treat each other with respect and we have a great working relationship. Personal relationships are not an issue. We don’t have them and we won’t.” Somebody’s a party pooper. I’m officially crossing astronaut off the list of things I want to be when I grow up. [AFP] Keep reading »
This NASA scandal isn’t nearly as juicy as the Astronaut Love Triangle/Diaper Incident of 2007, but it’s still pretty interesting. NASA says that it found a small baggie of cocaine by a bathroom in a hangar for the space shuttle Discovery, which will be launching in March. Naturally, they’ll be investigating this to the high heavens, and are in the process of drug testing all 200 employees who had access to the hangar. Chances are it was some low-level paper pusher’s, but the scandal-lover in me hopes an astronaut was trying to sneak it in so they could have a coke-fueled orgy while weightless in space. Yeah, I went there. [CNN] Keep reading »
Remember back in 2007, when NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak drove 900 miles overnight while wearing a diaper so she could confront Colleen Shipman, who was messing around with Nowak’s maybe boyfriend, fellow astronaut Bill Oefelein? Well, Nowak has completely lost this war. Not only did she lose her job and have the whole world find about her penchant for soiling herself in the name of love. But now, Oefelein has proposed to Shipman. The two lovebirds are getting hitched next summer. Keep reading »
Ads for luxury brand Louis Vuitton generally feature the rich and fabulous, i.e., Madonna, Sean Connery, Sofia Coppola, and Sean Connery. But the latest installment in the company’s Core Values series, shot by Annie Liebovitz, features lesser-known faces whose names we learned in elementary school history lessons. The ad pictures Sally Ride (the first American woman to enter space), Buzz Aldrin (set foot on the moon with Neil Armstrong), and Jim Lovell (commander of the Apollo 13 mission). Of course, the trio just happen to have a Vuitton satchel with them as they hang out on a battered pickup truck, looking at the moon. Isn’t it nice to have a change from the typical celeb faces we see hawking products? [WWD] Keep reading »