First Protest in Space, Going Viral, and it’s Against Trump

April 14, 2017

Visually Brilliant.  How do you Say “Truck Fump” in Klingon?

Washington Post:

On Wednesday, 56 years to the day after Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space, a Phoenix-based collective called the Autonomous Space Agency Network launched a weather balloon to about 90,000 feet. The balloon, Aphrodite 1, weighed a little over a pound and was inflated with 120 cubic feet of helium. Aphrodite 1’s payload consisted of a GPS sensor, a camera and a message for President Trump. It was a printout of a tweet that read, “@realDonaldTrump: Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

“To our knowledge, the Aphrodite 1 launch was the first political protest in near space,” a member of the group wrote to The Washington Post in an email. (Members of the Autonomous Space Agency Network, or ASAN, are anonymous as “a way to discourage the use of the group for the ego or vanity of individual members,” the person said.)

The tweet was quoting Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon. He famously said of viewing Earth from space: “You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’ ” This quote has been cited as an example of the overview effect, a perspective shift toward global unity and conservation reported by astronauts struck by the planet’s fragility.

“Everyone at ASAN is a pretty big fan of Dr. Mitchell, who was one of the more … colorful characters to have ever set foot on another celestial body,” the ASAN member said. “We sought to send a message of protest to President Trump against his proposed budget cuts for NASA’s Earth science program, which is invaluable to understanding climate change and making informed, data-driven policy decisions.”


8 Responses to “First Protest in Space, Going Viral, and it’s Against Trump”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    To tell with hrump.

  2. Torsten Says:

    It’s too bad the overview effect was lost on Jack Schmitt.

  3. Jean Mcmahon Says:

    Do all states have Science Fairs for high school students..Oklahoma’s science Fair almost went extinct..What Next??

  4. Kiwiiano Says:

    Ouch! Did they not have the balloon, a fairly long line to the parachute, then another to the payload so they don’t get tangled for the descent?

  5. dumboldguy Says:

    The video also reminded us of how thin the “blue band” of the atmosphere really is. Can we really afford to continue loading it up with CO2, methane, soot, and all the other crap produced by “modern” society?

    • It made me cry.

      We are so lucky to be alive, on this beautiful, wondrous planet, and yet so many of us seem to have no conception re the simple fact that our planet is a living thing, and we are killing it.

      That very skinny blue line of our atmosphere, viewed from that perspective, is a wake-up call.

  6. SmarterThanYourAverageBear Says:

    Well done ASAN very well done

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