It’s been a fun week leading up to Christmas.
You had it start with the Miss Universe debacle, continue with a weird exchange between Democratic and Republican presidential candidates concerning Hillary Clinton’s bathroom break during last Saturday’s debate, and cap with the Food and Drug Administration lifting a decades-old ban that disallowed gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
Oh yeah, and a rocket was launched into space and then returned to Earth, landing upright near its launching pad.
I don’t think people appreciate just how ridiculous this is. Try taking a toy rocket ship, drop it from three feet high in the air, and see if it lands upright.
Well, engineers just accomplished that with a real rocket ship.
The Falcon 9 rocket, developed by SpaceX, a company headed by Tesla founder Elon Musk — considered by some as the “real life Tony Stark” — delivered satellites into space before returning home safely.
It’s a potential breakthrough because it presents the idea of reusable rockets, saving tens of millions of dollars and broadening more resources for space travel. The company’s ultimate mission is to one day fly people to Mars.
But, like, why is this not being more internationally lauded? Why isn’t this dominating cubicle conversation inside of offices?
A ROCKET FLEW INTO SPACE AND THEN CAME BACK DOWN LIKE IT WAS NO BIG DEAL.
There’s even video evidence to boot, so people who like to reject established science such as climate change can’t even diminish this.
But shit, I shouldn’t even talk. This happened on Monday, and yet, instead of talking about it right away, I instead chose yesterday to discuss the decision to cast a black actress to play Hermione Granger in the upcoming Harry Potter play.
Sometimes I can’t even land upright when I jump like a foot and a half into the air.
When I’m drunk.
But I think the lack of interest in this accomplishment underscores a bigger problem. NASA, and space manufacturers like SpaceX, need to do a better job getting the word out.
Do whatever it takes. Get Taylor Swift to tweet about it. Have a SpaceX hashtag appear on the bottom right hand corner of the screen during the next episode of Cake Boss.
I think all you need to do is get somebody to mentally comprehend the fact that a rocket, after launching into outer space, turned around and just came back home, like it was a lost cat who ran away from its owners.
Because it speaks for itself.
So tomorrow, tell your friends about this. Maybe use it as your opening line for your next match on Tinder.
I promise, she’ll be very interested to hear more about your SpaceX.