The USS Millennium Falcon

Filed under Misc, Rants

NASA has a nifty little “picture of the day” feature that you can add to your Google Homepage.

A picture that came up just yesterday shows the shuttle lifting off against a gray sky. Here’s a snippet (from http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_940.html):

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But the thing that struck me about this is how much our space program is beginning to resemble the Millennium Falcon.

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The rusty tanks, the patchy paintwork, using a stapler for repairs. It’s starting to look like the shuttles may have made the Kessel Run a few times themselves.

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(Detail from above)

Compare to this 1983 picture from the Wikipedia entry:

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And this about 20 months before the first shuttle launch (again from Wikipedia):

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Clean and sparkly

Cripes, it’s 2007. Shouldn’t we be flying something like this:

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from www.starwars.com

and not this:

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from http://www.art.net/kiyotei/blogs

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