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share a similar feel, in that they're part of a new generation of post-Office comedies where the traditional sitcom has been replaced by the sort-of-com.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
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.
This is a program that demonstrates success when you have continuity of purpose going from one administration to the next. If we go back all the way to commercial resupply, that started under President George W. Bush. And commercial crew under President Obama. And Charlie Bolden did absolutely magnificent work as the NASA administrator at a time when this particular program didn’t have a lot of support in Congress. And here we are all these years later having success. … [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