"a greeting to all Earthlings"

Via the big G’s Newsblog. Mission Specialist Number 2 Steve Robinson won’t be too disappointed by the delay in the Space Shuttle Discovery returning from orbit. While he was waiting for Discovery to undock from the International Space Station, he recorded the first podcast from space [mp3 file can be downloaded at link] – “I would rather stay on the Space Station with Sergei and John and experience this strange, incredible life floating in Earth.. above the Earth.”.. and take more cool photos like this one, no doubt. Update Well, they’re finally coming back. The BBC has live NASA coverage of the descent

  • Chris Gaskin

    Double post Pete

  • peteb

    Not quite chris.. but thanks for noticing 😉

  • crat

    Pete,

    Why do your nerdy interests need constant threads on Slugger’s? Could you not take it to a suitable geek website?

  • maca

    Crat
    “Could you not take it to a suitable geek website? “

    Since Pete continues to post these topics you can assume Mick has no problem with it, and it is HIS blog, not yours 😉
    I for one appreciate the posts.

  • peteb

    I for one appreciate the posts

    and I appreciate that you appreciate the posts, maca 🙂

  • TAFKABO

    Count me amongst the Geeks, and f*ck the begrudgers.

    Thanks for the link Pete.

  • Young Irelander

    I also enjoyed this post. Makes me realise how dull my life is in comparison!

    After listening to the first podcast from space I must say Steve Robinson comes across as a really cool down to earth (no pun intended) guy.

  • Young Irelander

    I also enjoyed this post. Makes me realise how dull my life is in comparison!

    After listening to the first podcast from space I must say Steve Robinson comes across as a really cool down to earth (no pun intended) guy.

  • Young Irelander

    I also enjoyed this post. Makes me realise how dull my life is in comparison!

    After listening to the first podcast from space I must say Steve Robinson comes across as a really cool down to earth (no pun intended) guy.

  • Young Irelander

    I also enjoyed this post. Makes me realise how dull my life is in comparison!

    After listening to the first podcast from space I must say Steve Robinson comes across as a really cool down to earth (no pun intended) guy.

  • carlosblancos

    I rarely complain but it does seem a tad off subject on a site devoted to NI issues that we have a thread on the landing of a spacecraft in California. You can be sure that space blogs don’t carry stories about NI.

  • qubol

    You can be sure that space blogs don’t carry stories about NI.

    well word has it that the Armagh Planetarium is gona have a blog soon that covers the north and space! Anyway who cares – if it doesnt interest you dont read it

  • TAFKABO

    Carlos.

    It could be argued that in a site devoted to Northern Ireland, stories about what is happening in and off the rest of the planet are helpful in putting the Northern Ireland stories into proper context, in terms of just how important they really are.

  • carlosblancos

    TAFKABO,

    Please demonstrate exactly how a spaceship landing in California can possibly put Northern Ireland stories into ‘proper context’. They are totally unrelated events.

    I would be interested in the reaction if we started having GAA or soccer news posted regularily. Lots of people here would be interested…..doesn’t mean this is the place for it.

  • TAFKABO

    “Please demonstrate exactly how a spaceship landing in California can possibly put Northern Ireland stories into ‘proper context’.”

    It’s one of thse things that if you need an explanation for, no explanation would suffice.

  • carlosblancos

    Hmm. I wish I was in possesion of this magic ‘space is great’ enlightenment. Alas, I am not so I’ll stick to the dreary humdrum that is NI politics.

  • Damdyman

    I think what TAFKABO means by putting NI events in a proper ‘context’ is that they are brought more into perspective.

    In other words, there are a hell of a lot more people around the world paying attention to whether a floating tin can up in space makes it back to earth without melting in a fireball of 10000 degs celsius, than whether the vomit/urine/excrement/blood-smeared kerbs in NI’s depressing, decrepit, grey, grim housing estates are painted blue red and white or green white and orange, i.e. no-one outside of NI really gives a shit. So keep painting those murals and trying to kill each other lads, that’s it, that’s the way to the good life.

  • Biffo

    Damdyman

    You’re listening to too much David Bowie.

  • Yoda

    Permit me two facetious similes, carlosblancos:

    Like foam from the shuttle, the DUP are seeing to it that devolved parliament in NI will never take off again.

    OR

    The shuttle is like Ian Paisley: it was shaped in the 60’s, is lumbering and tremendously expensive to prop up, spews fire, makes alarming noises, prone to blow-ups, has bits coming of it, takes seven people to operate, and you secretly hope it will crash and burn. But you cannot look away because you can never quite believe it still gets around.

  • Biffo

    carlosblancos

    “Please demonstrate exactly how a spaceship landing in California can possibly put Northern Ireland stories into ‘proper context’. “

    Because, from space, it’s beautiful and it looks like it’s part of a united Ireland.

    It always surprises unionist astronauts when they can’t see a big thick border like on the maps.

  • TAFKABO

    “It always surprises unionist astronauts when they can’t see a big thick border like on the maps.”

    That doesn’t matter, cos in space, no one can hear you MOPE.

  • Biffo

    True enough. Because, whether in space or back on earth I don’t MOPE.

  • TAFKABO

    I beg to differ.

    “It always surprises unionist astronauts when they can’t see a big thick border like on the maps.”

    Too stuck up your own anti unionist rhetoric to move beyond this silly little squabble and think outside the box.

  • Biffo

    You serious?

    It was just a crap joke. I couldn’t resist it when the image came to mind. Not funny, but I didn’t expect anyone to take it seriously

    By the way, MOPE is a different thing, it’s when you moan on about hard done by your community is in comparison to the other. It’s not something I did. Maybe you don’t understand the concept?

    Or maybe you’re too stuck up your own paranoia to offer a genuine criticism.

  • TAFKABO

    Arguing that you have been unfairly accused of MOPE is like betting someone that you don’t gamble

  • Biffo

    So you won’t be contradicting me when I tell you you are an oversensitive MOPE.

  • TAFKABO

    I’m willing to bet that you’re wrong.

  • Biffo

    I’ll take the bet, because, at the end of the day, it’s you who is arguing that I’m putting you down because you don’t like the view from your spaceship.

    Surely that makes me look like a dead cert odds-on favourite.

  • TAFKABO

    I honestly don’t know what the fuck you are talking about mo chara.

    I recognise the individual words as english, but put together in a strange alien way that defies all normal attempts at comprehension.

    Let’s call it quits and go back to discussing major Tom, sitting in his tin can.

  • crat

    Biffo,

    Both the Bowie and border lines were funny. Thanks.

    (Pete, the thread got me two smiles I retract my criticism)

  • peteb

    Far above the world.. *ahem*

    I do appreciate the discussion so far but I would point out that the intention [such as there is one] behind this thread.. and similar threads.. is not so much to throw our own narrowly focused situation into perspective – nor to provide an analogy that might be used to reflect back onto our own narrowly focused situation – as to simply highlight the fact that there is a big beautiful complex world out there.. even while our own neighbourhood concerns fill the [local] headlines.

    Oh.. and, if you haven’t listened to it, the podcast from space is very cool.