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 comedy lands on the snark side of the moon
Yes, Space Force is frequently funny. But for every impeccably timed Malkovich moment or solid gag about who pushes the button to launch the rockets, there's a cringey line like "What's after Brexit? Frexit? Swexit?" An AOC-esque congresswoman is referred to only as "Angry Young Congresswoman" and a congressional hearing is interrupted by protestors in Handmaid's Tale outfits, which is less of a joke and more of a thing that actually happened. Like Daniels' Amazon sort-of-com Upload, the satire feels like it's just pointing at things rather than truly skewering them. For example, when Schwartz's vacuous publicist exclaims, "I should be tweeting this," it's not a punchline, it's literally his job description. … [Read more...] about Space Force review: Netflix lands on the funny(ish) side of the moon
During NASA's Apollo program in the 1960s and early 1970s, astronauts would urinate into a "relief tube" (designed only for male astronauts, since women were not yet allowed in NASA's astronaut corps) which they would dispose of urine into space where the urine would freeze. Apollo astronauts would also have to figure out how to get their solid waste into plastic bags which they had to bring back to Earth to be studied. … [Read more...] about How will astronauts poop on the moon? New NASA challenge calls for innovative ideas.
Perhaps in recognition of his audience of one at Kennedy Space Center, when asked if he wanted to add anything, Bridenstine did not mention the work of his predecessors. Instead, he told the president, "As you said, sir, there was a day when there was grass growing out of the runways. But now we not only have the policy directive from the administration, we also have the budgets to match that policy directive to put America preeminent in space." … [Read more...] about Trump space speech in Florida likely to test apolitical nature of NASA
As its name suggests, the Starship SN4 vehicle is the latest in a series of prototypes SpaceX has built to test technologies required for a truly massive space launch system: the 165-foot-tall (50 meters) Starship rocket and its Super Heavy megabooster. That vehicle is the one SpaceX hopes will carry up to 100 people at a time to space and, eventually, on to Mars. … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s Starship SN4 prototype explodes after rocket engine test