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Lost in time

Sometimes greatness is lost. Take the marvelous model of the space station from Kubrick's 2001, left rotting in a weed patch to be destroyed by vandals...


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Feb. 15th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
This makes me very sad :(
Feb. 15th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC)
"Sow" what
There were a number of major events that distracted us from investing in space exploration. The cold war alone set us behind by 30 years, and the early scrubbing of the newer propulsion systems such as the aerospike engine or scramjets pretty much kept us at the old style rocket launch; yes the U.S. space shuttle is still a rocket launch albeit its glider-like reentry.

I think the discovery of life or life precursors on Mars might rekindle the desire to go out there, and that assumes nothing else major happens down here that will consume our collective attention.

The new U.S. effort to go to the moon first and "stage" to Mars is amazingly wasteful. I can only think the moon aspect has some military or short term political potential because it makes no sense to stage from the moon to go to Mars (see www.marsdirect.com).

My hopes has faded to see in my lifetime the peoples of this planet touch down on another planet. Unless some hitherto unknown or hidden propulsion technology exists to lower the cost of such an enterprise to a small fraction of the current project estimates, it just will not happen. And no, I do not think private enterprise will do it either unless there is a known massive ROI in taking on such an endeavor.

I'd rather see robotic missions go forth and let us have vicarious experience of the wonders they see. Go Spirit, go Opportunity, and much hope for another Beagle.

Feb. 16th, 2004 01:29 am (UTC)
Yes, and the surge of municipal enthusiasm for space exploration that led to these magnificent models being created in so many of our public spaces has dissipated into so much rubberised safety flooring.

I blame the bloody safety nazis, personally.
Feb. 16th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
that looks like it could be restored though. where is it?
Feb. 16th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)
If it's any consolation, even if it had been claimed by someone, it might be in even worse condition. I'm reminded of what happened to the alien derelict model from Alien: when James Cameron was signed on to direct Aliens, he wanted to use Giger's original model for one scene, and he discovered that the model had been given to a fan who had done quite a bit of publicity for the film. Sadly, though, the model had been kept in a garage for the next six years, so it was beaten all to hell and most of the detail had worn away.

(I speak from personal experience on this: I used to know the guy who owned the blimp model used in Blade Runner: in the early Nineties, it used to be mounted up over the bar in an Exposition Park club called the State Bar. Ever since the club closed in '92, nobody seems to know where he or the blimp now reside, and I have a very bad feeling that the blimp is slowly rotting in a warehouse somewhere in Dallas. However, the blimp isn't mine, so I don't get any say in what happens to it.)
Feb. 17th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)

Hope somebody will take it under his/her wing.
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