Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I Can't Believe They Want to Mine the Moon

In the great story of the privatization of all Americans services industries, we tend to pay more attention to things like health care and prisons. But a bit more than a year ago, the administration began budgeting to privatize space flight: "Obama’s plan calls for funneling money to private companies that are jockeying for NASA contracts," is how that was described. And now here they are, getting their cash: six companies have gotten $30 million each, including new startup "Moon Express," which apparently wants to help people go mine the moon. They basically think they can go dig platinum out of the moon, and I feel like I have already seen this dystopia. I know that many of us have some really negative feelings about the moon but I'm pretty sure we'll miss it (and/or "tides") when it's gone.

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Tyler Coates (#451)

I can't wait to read the Startup Rocket live-blog.

Dave Bry (#422)


BadUncle (#153)

No moon: no surf. Charlie don't surf. Charlie hates the moon. Ergo, Balk is Charlie.

Matt (#26)

There's a relevant episode of The Tick.

BadUncle (#153)

With Chairface Chippendale.

I'm okay with this as long as they do all the mining on the dark side where it won't show. #notapinkfloydreferencebutabeaverbrownbandshoutout

deepomega (#1,720)

Duncan Jones is gonna be piiiiisssed

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Somewhere there's platinum /
(How near, how far?), /
We've used our own up, /
So here we are! /
The darkest night would shine /
If we could mine on you soon! /
Until we can, how still my heart, /
How high the moon.

carpetblogger (#306)

I would use the plastic kind that are impossible to detect. Next time the Russians land, POW.

Br. Seamus (#217)

M-O-O-N, that spells a rock-solid investment.

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