Mars, Chappelle-Style

Sean at Cosmic Variance notes that NASA has discovered that everyone is apathetic about their new planned mission to the Moon and then Mars, and that they are in the market for a celebrity spokesperson to change that. They are throwing around obvious names, like David Duchovny and Patrick Stewart, when the answer is obvious. There is only one man for the job of selling the new Mars mission:

Dave Chappelle (warning: long, not safe for work, and you probably won’t think it’s funny).And if NASA is looking for a marketing slogan, they could do worse than what John Baez says here: “the scientific equivalent of putting a goldfish bowl on top of Mount Everest.” Think about it — we’ll never know what’ll happen to that goldfish unless we try. Dare to dream.

4 thoughts on “Mars, Chappelle-Style

  1. Funny that a mathematical physicist working in quantum gravity would rather send a gravity wave detector into space than a bunch of humans. Or am I reading too much into something that’s actually just a coincidence?

    :-)

  2. First, NASA would put an empty goldfish bowl on top of Mount Everest.

    Second, NASA would spend several years testing goldfish, finally holding a press conference for the first 7 selected.

    Third, NASA would carry a goldfish bowl halfway to the top of Mount Everest.

    Fourth, NASA would put a goldfish bowl on top of Mount Everest, containing a monkeyfish trained to simulate a goldfish.

    Fifth, a competitor such as Russia, Japan, Europe, India, or China would put a goldfish bowl on top of Mount Everest, a few days before NASA’s announced launch date.

    Sixth, NASA would put a goldfish bowl with one goldfish on top of Mount Everest.

    Seventh, a competitor would put a goldfish bowl with two goldfish on top of Mount Everest, one femaie.

    Eighth, NASA would put a goldfish bowl with three goldfish on top of Mount Everest.

    Ninth, NASA would put an empty goldfish bowl on top of a mountain built specifically to be higher than Mount Everest.

    Tenth, the competitor would deny ever having been in the goldfish race.

    Eleventh, NASA would lose goldfish in a tragic underwater fire.

    And so forth, to Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite.

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