Sunday, June 21, 2009

Coitus Galactica

The final frontier might not be space, but sex in space. This week aerospace executives will descend on Paris for the Paris Air Show hawking planes, weapons and all manner of intergalactic technology. It doesn't appear there's a lot of government interest in investing in space exploration these days. How might enterprising space flacks persuade policy makers to untie their purse strings and invest in exploration again? If male and female astronauts were getting it on in space, no doubt the public would clamor for more more more! Here's an excerpt from a Bloomberg article that cites Neil Armstrong's official biographer James Hansen:
As Hansen tells it, a little hanky panky and a few flutes of Champagne followed by a luxury meal from Jules Verne’s Michelin three-star chef Alain Ducasse would civilize outer space and arouse generations weaned on “Star Trek” fiction to persuade global leaders into spending the money required to make galactic travel a reality.

“That’s what Jules Verne did in ‘From Earth to the Moon,’” Hansen says. “Verne’s science-fiction stories were the original inspiration for the people who launched NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.”
Actually, I don't see why we'd need the government at all. The first reality show that broadcasts space nooky will get huge ratings and rake in tons of advertising revenue. And don't get me started on how much money they could make if they offered livestream footage. They could very well raise enough cash to pay for "Big Brother 20" on Mars.


Mike said...

Advertising would definitely pay for it! Or maybe pay-per-view for the first light-year-high club. Interesting that they're descending on Paris. Based on your blog title, I think I may have stumbled upon the logical meeting spot on my last trip to Paris two weeks ago...

OK, full disclosure, my last trip to Paris was also my first.

Butternut said...

Your space ship or mine? What a beautiful full moon out tonight... wait that's no moon, ewwww.

Restaurants on Mars in 50 years? I think he's getting ahead of himself. First you need colonies, and that's unlikely. Everyone knows Mars ain't the kind of place to raise a kid. In fact it's cold as Hell.