For Farscape fans in Chicagoland and the Great Lakes area.

Jul 25

John Crichton, Astronaut

Category: Farscape,Technology

As a Farscape fan, a scifi fan, and a child of the sixties with an interest in scientific stuff, it would be remiss of me not to note the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.  In Farscape, not only was Commander Crichton an astronaut, but his father, Jack Crichton, also was one, and had participated in the Apollo missions.  Well, fictitiously, of course.  Nonetheless, Farscape began with a space exploration mission, and the series’ last episode had John Crichton returning to the moon for a poignant moment that reminded us (well, me, anyway) of how far we’ve drifted from our lofty national goals.

Commentators on this 40th anniversary of the moonwalk range from late night talk show hosts (Jon Stewart and Craig Ferguson) to newspaper columnists and editorials (here and here) to various bloggers (here and here).  You can also get some pretty cool merchandise commemorating this event (like an Omega Speedmaster Watch, or the Fisher Space Pen) although simply buying a jar of Tang will also accomplish the same thing, and at a vastly lower cost. 

In searching for stuff on the internet related to the Apollo moon landing, I found the original CBS broadcast clips, restored NASA footage, and coolest of all, Pink Floyd jamming to the moon landing footage on the BBC (with music that has never been released).  And here’s a nice .gif image that shows the US Flag NOT waving on the moon.

You can relive the mission at WeChoseTheMoon.org, which provides a fascinating "you are there" look at the entire event, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. 

I don’t have anything profound to add to all the commentary other than to observe that we, the American people, sent a man to the moon, while simultaneously engaged in an effort to build The Great Society and fighting a war in southeast Asia.  We may not have achieved all of our goals, but we certainly aimed high.  Our national values and goals seem to have shrunk considerably since then.

In the daily hurly-burly of life as we know it on earth, it was seeing Farscape on TV that reminded me how exciting it had been to see our engagement in space exploration.

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