Funnily enough, Space Force blasts off on Netflix just weeks after Greg Daniels' other technology-themed show Upload began streaming on Amazon. These two shows share a similar feel, in that they're part of a new generation of post-Office comedies where the traditional sitcom has been replaced by the sort-of-com. There are a lot of these shows about in the streaming age: Bojack Horseman, Barry, Master of None, Bad Girls, Louie, Dead to Me and so on. The sort-of-com is sort of a comedy while sort of looking like a drama. … [Read more...] about Space Force review: Netflix comedy lands on the snark side of the moon
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Alongside him, supporting characters played by Jimmy O Yang and Ben Schwartz are just ... there. One's a publicist and one's a scientist, and that's kind of it. Neither is able to sink their teeth into the inspired lunacy which made their Silicon Valley and Parks and Rec characters so memorable. We spend a lot of time with Tawny Newsome's Space Force officer before she reveals her ambition to be an astronaut so late in the season it's like they thought of it at the end of the writing process and never went back to add it to her character. … [Read more...] about Space Force review: Netflix lands on the funny(ish) side of the moon
The space shuttle had toilets known as the Waste Collection System, which emptied waste out into the vacuum of space. But it didn't always work perfectly. The International Space Station improved on the space toilet with a new design, and NASA is working on a new space toilet known as the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS). … [Read more...] about How will astronauts poop on the moon? New NASA challenge calls for innovative ideas.
During the campaign In November, 2015, then candidate Trump was asked about space by a 10-year-old at a campaign event. His response: “I love NASA” and “Space is terrific.” However, he added, “Right now, we have bigger problems—you understand that? We’ve got to fix our potholes.” In May, 2016, the president's campaign said the following in response to questions submitted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics: "We also have to balance our spending priorities based on our economic circumstances, and right now, those circumstances are quite challenging. Our first priority is to restore a strong economic base to this country. Then, we can have a discussion about spending." During a town hall event in Florida, in August, 2016, the president said, "Somebody just asked me backstage, 'Mr. Trump, will you get involved in the space program?' Look what's happened with your employment. Look what's happened with our … [Read more...] about Trump space speech in Florida likely to test apolitical nature of NASA
The company's first prototype, the Starship Mk1, was destroyed during a pressure test in November 2019. Its successor SN was lost in similar test in February. The next iteration, SN2, successfully passed that pressure test in March. The SN3 prototype, meanwhile, collapsed during testing in April. Musk later said that leaky valves were the culprit and that it would be fixed on the next vehicle. … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s Starship SN4 prototype explodes after rocket engine test