1. Dawn in Space!
Today, NASA’s Dawn probe to the asteroid belt was launched.Â Dawn’s mission is ambitious:Â Four years from now, it will place itself in orbit around Vesta . . . and then it will fly on to the dwarf planet Ceres and orbit that world as well (in 2015).
Read more about Dawn (and watch a video of the launch) here.
2. Fakes in Space!
While Dawn’s mission is thrilling, it is a robotic mission.Â No human beingsÂ will beÂ going to Vesta or Ceres anytime soon.Â (Unless there’s oil.)
But then, there are those who argue that human beings never couldÂ go to another world, and never have.
For example, it turns out that the Apollo moon landings were all faked as part of a massive government space-program hoax.
But itâ€™s only now that we know the full extent of the fraud â€“ and we have these guys to thank for the knowledge.
So that’s how they did it.
3. Pirates in Space!
Last Saturday, itinerant bluesman Bland Lemon Denton teamed up with interstellar rocker David Lee Anderson for a one-hour concert at FenCon in Dallas, Texas. Afterward, neither remembered having done it â€“ but their patient and indulgent spouses, Barb Denton and Carolyn Anderson, swear it happened.Â Besides, thereâ€™s photographic evidence (above) of Bland Lemon and David LeeÂ playing David Leeâ€™s song “Space Pirates.” (There may be auditory evidence as well, but we havenâ€™t uncovered it yet.)
David Lee Anderson is a science-fiction and fantasy artist and illustratorÂ who also plays guitar, sings, and writes songs.Â Â AtÂ recent “room jams” atÂ Austin’s World Fantasy Convention and ArmadilloCon, he played not only with Bland Lemon Denton, but with “Bulky Jones” Harper, “Bad Cat” Spector, and Stevie “Chuck U. Farley” Gould.Â And David Lee’sÂ hometown (Oklahoma City)Â band, Starcruisers, has an impressiveÂ MySpaceÂ page completeÂ with several psychedelic/cosmic-rock songs free for your galactic enjoyment.
You can also hear David Lee performingÂ a solo version of “Space Pirates” beginning at minute 21:00 of this swell podcast from Conestoga’s Chris MerleÂ (SFTulsa.org).
Bland Lemon says thank-you, David Lee Anderson. For a guy who plays that newfangled rockâ€™nâ€™roll stuff, you ainâ€™t half bad.