Deep Impact

NASA’s Asteroid Initiative, or Why I Wish I Wasn’t A Girl Who Sucked at Math and Actually Became an Astrophysicist The Way I Planned

http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-report-defend-planet-asteroids-100208542.html

This is quite possibly the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.  NASA sought public input on finding ways to protect the planet from an asteroid strike.  The requests for information are part of the Asteroid Initiative, and the results were presented at a two-day conference recently.  They chose 96 ideas for further study.  Ideally, NASA would like to capture a small asteroid or space rock and pull it into orbit around the moon for study.  How cool is that?

Of course, the conspiracy theorist in me has to admit that on the one hand, it’s great that NASA is doing this.  It’s a good idea to prepare for the possibility of an asteroid collision (let’s just hope they see it coming soon enough…we’ve had some surprise close calls recently).  On the other hand, is it possible that NASA knows something that they aren’t telling us?  Is it possible that an asteroid is coming our way?  I’d like to hear George Noory or Clive Lewis weigh in on this.  The whole idea of preparing for something (courtesy of the Super Bowl subliminal advertising) makes you wonder.

If I didn’t suck at math so much, my dream was to be an astrophysicist.  I love physics and I love space.  I read books on String Theory for fun.  I just suck at math.  *sigh*  That said, I think that in either case it’s awesome that NASA reached out to the public for ideas.

Good job, NASA.  (In case anyone from NASA reads this, I’m sorry the government retired your Space Shuttles.  We still need them.)

What I’d Really Like to See from TV and Movies

I like action movies.  I like Sci-Fi movies, too.  I saw Independence Day when it first came out, and then I saw it again.  The thing that always gets me is that I want to see what happens next.  Aliens invade Earth, and Earth wins.  What next?  What did civilization do to recover?

In War of the Worlds, much of the world was destroyed by the aliens that had been dormant under the Earth’s surface.  Germs take them out.  But what happens after that?  What does humanity learn?

The Walking Dead gives us snippets of what led to the zombie apocalypse.  Personally, I’d like to see more of what happened before Rick woke up in the hospital, but I like that we’re seeing the aftermath.  I’m fervently hoping that the spinoff gives up even more insight into what is going on around the world.

Deep Impact came the closest to satisfying my need to see what comes next.  The asteroid hits the planet and a giant tidal wave takes out the Eastern Seaboard, but later on we see the crews rebuilding the White House.  It’s uplifting.

I feel the same about reality TV shows.  Have you watched ABC’s The Bachelor or The Bachelorette?  Here’s what I’d like to see…and then I’d actually watch it.  They film the men and women vying for the Bachelor/Bachelorette’s affections, and when crazy stuff happens behind the scenes the Bachelorette/Bachelor is completely unaware.  It makes for good dramatic fodder for the audience.  But what if the producers allowed the stars to secretly watch tape at the end of the day so that he/she can see what’s really going on in the house…. Can you imagine that drama??  All of a sudden those lies and cover ups are out in the open.  There can be no denying it.  He he/she said it, then there is no arguing…it’s all on tape.

I think TV and movies should switch it up a bit.  Show us the stuff we haven’t seen before.  All of a sudden, a sequel to War of the Worlds will look like a modern take on The Patriot, only we’re fighting aliens and not Red Coats.

Maybe it’s the history major in me, or maybe I’m just bored with more of the same.  I just think a little change here and there would be nice…