Bushies' Big Bad Bullshit

Or: America that Might Have Been if It'd Had It's Priorities Straight

Japan will have an orbiter out there in a few years. While my awesome America will still be pumping more resources into Dick Cheney's social strata's bank accounts.

Woo fuckin' Hoo...

(and ya know they're fucking you and me and the whole freakin' species in the process...)

In the year 2007 CE, Japan is doing what NASA could've done and built upon since 30+ years ago - getting to know the moon.

Japan to launch its first lunar orbiter
By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 2 minutes ago

TOKYO - Japan is set to launch its first lunar orbiter this summer, but exploring the moon is just part of the mission.

The other goal is to catch up with China, the new leader in Asia's space race.

Japan's space agency JAXA announced last week that the much-delayed SELENE probe will be launched in August aboard an H-2A rocket, the mainstay of Japan's space program.

JAXA says the SELENE project is the largest lunar mission since the U.S. Apollo program. It involves placing a main satellite in orbit at an altitude of about 60 miles and deploying two smaller satellites in polar orbits. Researchers will use data gathered by the probes to study the moon's origin and evolution.

"This mission will involve observation of the whole moon, not just parts of it," said JAXA spokesman Satoki Kurokawa. "It is a very ambitious project."

The mission is a stepping stone in Japan's plan to more aggressively pursue space objectives — including a lunar landing and, possibly, manned missions in space. To raise public awareness, JAXA is conducting a "Wish Upon the Moon" campaign that allows people to send brief messages up with the orbiter.

Gee golly! Aren't ya glad you paid your taxes this year*?


* None the less, this is totally cool! lol! Go Homo!!!


  1. Don't worry. Chimpy & Pals have just about finished off the goose that laid the golden egg. In ten years this country won't have enough credit to pay the electric bill on the Capitol.

  2. I can see it now. Some other country will get established on the moon and we will go up there and start a war. hmmmmph.

  3. Yeah, I remember when we explored stuff instead of explodin' stuff.

  4. Is a Very Real possibility, JR; one I always denied even being possible (at least in the foreseeable future) until teh Shrub got 'to office.

    Freakin' ignoramic voters...

    Yikes! Blueberry! It is 'bout the first thing to come to mind when considerin' amerikan's beliefs 'bout "manifest destiny", ain't it...

    Just finished a John Varley SF book (highly rec'd kidstuff!) where the Chinese were 'bout to be the first to Mars, but some kids and an alcoholic ex-astronaut beat 'em there with a wee bit o' deus ex machina. Niiiice... 'Specially cuz of how they handled the new machine afterwards, avoiding any wars over the whole shebang.

  5. Adorable GirlfriendApril 19, 2007 11:34 AM

    When was that, Kevin?!

  6. Going to the moon and the planets is absolutely the most noble bit of foolishness the human race can engage in. I fervently wish I could go myself. I know I could face my taxes happily if I thought that's what I was paying for.

    Oh, and if they would fix the roads, too.


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