June 26, 2020 at 23:25:18 UTC
When I was a boy, I had a dream
All about the things I'd like to be
Soon as I was in my bed
Music played inside my head
When I was a boy, I had a dream
I wrote a thread for those who want an explanation.
on June 26, 2020 at 23:35:00 UTC
He doesn't look very eager.
on June 26, 2020 at 23:40:35 UTC
"We choose to do this and the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are profitable."
on June 27, 2020 at 03:01:19 UTC
This is the description for the art.
on June 27, 2020 at 00:34:52 UTC
On the bright side, at least tigers aren't extinct here.
on June 27, 2020 at 01:17:47 UTC
That awkward moment when you reach your childhood dream, and realize it's not what you wanted.
on June 27, 2020 at 17:54:45 UTC
Just a poster child for businesses. Beholden to the money. Discovery and science for a profit, exclusively.
on June 28, 2020 at 10:00:39 UTC
"The United States of Amazon, Inc."
I love the art, and I really appreciate you linking to the thread explaining the background for this. Very thought provoking.
on June 29, 2020 at 02:05:54 UTC
Thank you for exploring such a weighty topic. Such... several weighty topics. This picture is deeply evocative, and you captured the mood perfectly.
on June 30, 2020 at 03:39:04 UTC
Ah, I see the symbolism here.
Still, let us not forget...the original Space Race of the 50s and 60s was 90% Cold War driven. America and Russia flexing. At least now with more agencies in the game and more collaboration, less conflict outside of friendly rivalry (for the most part) we can finally take that next "giant leap" as it were to Mars and beyond.
When it comes down to it, once you're in space...petty things like politics and economics don't matter anymore, at least not for the astronauts seeing Earth as a living breathing blue marble for the first time. How we get there (as long as we take safety precautions to ensure the astronauts come back alive) doesn't matter. Who gets there first doesn't matter. What flag we plant doesn't matter. Because when even just one of ANY of us steps out of that capsule onto another world...we have ALL done it together.
Then again maybe the tiger's apprehension isn't the "politics" of it...but realizing he's going to be spending the next several months of a tiny craft with just a handful of companions and not see Earth again for quite a while. Or that he might need to grow potatoes in his own poop. XD
on June 30, 2020 at 15:36:48 UTC
I don't think you saw the symbolism, then
on June 30, 2020 at 18:40:22 UTC
That the current space-race is corporate-driven? It's about mining the Moon and steroids for valuable minerals and creating advanced tech to sell to the masses? And I say...so what? The fact of the matter is since the Apollo missions we've been puttering around low-Earth orbit doing virtually jack-all because there was no incentive for governments to invest the billions of dollars needed to fund more manned space missions, but then here comes Elon Musk with a few billion dollars and a dream of a city on Mars and offers up new tech that gets stuff into space at a tenth of the cost.
Plus at least we don't have to worry all that much about Elon and Bezos launching nuclear warheads at each other and ending humanity...even if Elon did want to try nuking Mars's polar icecaps to terraform it only to have his scientific advisors remind him that would be a very, very, VERY bad idea. XD
on July 1, 2020 at 05:21:31 UTC
on July 6, 2020 at 22:58:07 UTC
Back in the days when humanity went to space because it was there, because we thought we could learn something new, because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could. That was true inspiration.
Now we go because some people have dollar signs in their eyes... :/