A Youtube user, fed up with how much NASA sucks at getting
kids anybody excited about space, made this inspirational video showing them how it's done. It's called 'The Frontier Is Everywhere' and is really just a bunch of pictures and video set to Carl Sagan reading from his book, 'Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space'. Which -- OMG, his voice. Best bedtime story reader EVER.
NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously. None of their brilliant scientists appear to know how to connect with the social media crowd, which is now more important than ever. In fact, NASA is an institution whose funding directly depends on how the public views them.
In all of their brilliance, NASA seems to have forgotten to share their hopes and dreams in a way the public can relate to, leaving one of humanities grandest projects with terrible PR and massive funding cuts.
"It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri and the other nearby stars. It will be a species very like us, but with more of our strengths, and fewer of our weaknesses." OMG -- we're gonna get f***ed by aliens. Hybrids, yo! I'm not sure that's what Darwin had in mind when he went birdwatching in the Galapagos. But in all seriousness, watch and be inspired -- you won't regret it.
Hit the jump for the very worthwhile video, as well as another by Michael Martinez that apparently inspired the film (read: same words, less relevant pictures).
The Frontier Is Everywhere: NASA Promo Video Will Inspire You [huffingtonpost]
Thanks to TOM THE BOMB, Mike, playing with your food (not with my astronaut ice cream you're not!) chrissie and Pixelskull, who have all been to space and agree it's pretty rad. Rad?! What is this, the 80's? It's gnarly is what it is.