Carell is so charming you can't help rooting for him even when he's at his most jarheaded. But his character, and in fact most of the characters, could be more sharply defined. There's a reason we remember Michael Scott, Dwight, Jim, Pam and the rest of The Office's workmates: they're so specific with identifiable traits, wants and frustrations. But after watching the first episode of Space Force, heck, even after the entire first season, it's hard to know who Carell's general actually is. Is he a bland bureaucrat or a gung-ho fighter jock -- or one pretending to be the other? Does he even believe in Space Force? … [Read more...] about Space Force review: Netflix comedy lands on the snark side of the moon
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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
But the actual, physical act of going to the bathroom while floating in space can be tricky, to say the least. In a new contest, NASA is calling on innovators from around the world to develop a new space toilet that would work not just in microgravity such as aboard the International Space Station, but also in lunar gravity aboard a future lunar lander as part of NASA's Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the moon by 2024. The contest has a total prize purse of $35,000 to be shared by winning teams. … [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
SpaceX successfully test-fired the Starship SN4 vehicle yesterday as part of its preparations for an upcoming launch test that could have carried the rocket about 500 feet (150 meters) up. That same day, SpaceX received a launch license for its Starship tests from the Federal Aviation Administration. … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s Starship SN4 prototype explodes after rocket engine test