Did you see that NASA is planning to send a ship on a one-way trip to another planet?
In a talk at San Francisco’s Long Conversation conference, Simon “Pete” Worden said DARPA has $1M to spend, plus another $100,000 from NASA itself, for the program, which will initially develop a new kind of propulsion engine that will take us to Mars or beyond.
There’s only one problem: The astronauts won’t come back.
The 100-year ship would leave Earth with the intention of colonizing a planet, but it would likely be a one-way trip because of the time it takes to travel 35 million miles
Who would make the trip?
- tired TV producers
- insurance salesmen
- personnel officers
- security guards
- public relations executives
- management consultants
- telephone sanitizers
Well, actually, I’m not sure about that list. That may be a list from somewhere else entirely.
But, as long as NASA is sending a ship on a one-way trip, why not use that list? Or something like it? Why not turn the 100-Year Starship into a B-Ark and include the useless third of society? I think we could include:
- MSNBC anchors
- daytime TV talk show hosts
- community organizers
Any other suggestions?