Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Night at the Cafe: Space, the Final Frontier

By request. Apparently the astronauts who took off on the latest shuttle to fix the Hubble Telescope in space were awakened this morning to this praise song. To God be the glory!

And here they are repairing the Hubble Telescope which, incredibly, is now nineteen years old:

Another cool thing - apparently those of us on planet Earth are not the only ones watching Star Trek these days - so's the gang up at the International Space Station. From The New York Times:

Right about now in outer space, three men are crouched in a node of the International Space Station, watching J.J. Abrams’ reboot of “Star Trek” on a laptop. They chose the node, said NASA spokeswoman Nicole Cloutier, because it was “dark and quiet” and would be “a good spot” for three “Star Trek” fans to hunker down for the ultimate viewing experience.

“They just ended their crew day,” said Ms. Cloutier, “so they’re watching it now, or just finishing it up. They can go all day without seeing each other, so this is a good chance to get together.”

Michael Barratt, the American astronaut, requested the film before boarding a space-bound shuttle in March, said Ms. Cloutier. He told NASA officials that he was a lifelong admirer of the TV series and did not want to miss this latest big-screen installment while off-planet. It was beamed up to them - really - after being reformatted by NASA technicians in a five-hour procedure Thursday night and beamed up Friday morning.

Mr. Barratt, 50, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, 50, and Koichi Wakata, 46, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency settled into the node, named “Unity,” after dinner and secured their feet with floor straps to keep from floating during the screening, she said.

They are the 19th crew since 2000 to put in time at the International Space Station, which is a series of large modules connected by smaller nodes. Getting together for a “movie night,” she added, was a tradition on the station.

Mr. Barrat said in a press release that the original series inspired him to become an astronaut and would be a perfect film selection for the space station.

“‘Star Trek’ blended adventure, discovery, intelligence and storytelling that assumes a positive future for humanity,” he said. “The International Space Station is a real step in that direction, with many nations sharing in an adventure the world can be proud of.”

1 comment:

Kevin said...

The metaphors in our own life keeps growing!

"God of Wonders" was played for astronaut Mike Good, who today with Mike Massimino replaced the batteries and gyros on STA-126 EVA # 2 -- you know, power and guidance of an instrument to explored the wanders of God's handiwork ...

[The metaphors fill my mind ...]