A science comedian's love affair with space

By Phil Plait | July 17, 2011 7:47 am

I’ve written about Brian Malow before; he’s a comedian who does science-based stand-up, and he also makes short videos for Time Magazine. His latest is on his love affair with space:

Both Brian and Tara are friends, so congrats to them both! On seeing the launch of Discovery, I mean. That’s a memory to last a lifetime… together.

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Comments (15)

  1. Off-topic, sorry but in breaking news I’m sure some folks would like to know :

    DAWN has successfully entered orbit around Vesta, the brightest asteroid.*






    My congratulations and thanks to all the Dawn people out there. Well done.:-)

    I’m sure the Bad Astronomer and Emily Lakdawalla’s Planetary Society blog will have more on this topic soon but I just wanted to let y’all know and break this news for those who haven’t already heard. Hope that’s okay, BA. :-)

    * Indeed Vesta is the only asteroid visible to unaided human eyes and is the third largest world in that asteroidal zone of our solar system behind only Ceres and Pallas.

  2. Aww.. ūüėČ What a great and sweet video. Loved it. Nostalgic and funny. :-)

    You two are *so* lucky. 8)

    It also really reminded me of this famous quote :


    ‚ÄúEarth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.‚ÄĚ
    ‚Äď Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian rocket pioneer.


    My congratulations go to Brian Malow & Tara – best wishes to both of you, [Raises beer and toasts your health and happiness] the skies the limit! Oh wait, it isn’t any more! ūüėČ

  3. Jonathan Latimer

    My wife and I were able, magically, to make it to the last shuttle launch, all the way from Hawaii. It was quite the sight to see, heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. A terrific place to propose.

    But I did come away from the launch feeling that the golden age of my country is over; and has been for quite some time.


  4. mike burkhart

    I,m getting off topic: An important Astronomy tool is 100 years old ,It’s the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.Made by Astronomers Ejinar Hertzsprung and Henry Russell, it plots stars by luminosity and surface temperatue and can be found in most Astronomy books .Also its an improtant educational guide about the stars it is to Astronomy what the Periodic table is to Chemistry.The magizen Scientific American has a H.R. Diagram poster.

  5. Thanks, Phil! and MTU and Jonathan!

    Full-spectrum emotions on that day! All we can do now is hope Congress doesn’t destroy what’s left – and watch for exciting developments at the intersection of NASA and private enterprise. Elon Musk says his rockets can take payloads to Mars in 5 years or so. And there’s Branson and Bezos and Bigelow and Boeing and Orbital and others…

  6. Grand Lunar

    That was an excellent video, and a greate message!
    Congress ought to see it.

    Does make a good point too; our urge to explore is sort of a quest to return to our origins.

  7. Gary Ansorge

    5. Grand Lunar

    “sort of a quest to return to our origins”

    We come from star dust and return to star dust or, more poetically perhaps, “The wheel is turning and you can’t slow it down. You can’t let go and you can’t hold on. Every time that wheel turns round, you’re bound to cover just a little more ground.”

    We’ve stuck our toes in the sea of space. Now it’s time to go swimming,,,

    Gary 7

  8. Tim G

    Congratulations to Brian and Tara!

  9. Thanks for the heads up that there is a science comedian. Funny stuff.

  10. Jonathan Latimer


    Thank you for posting!

    I do remain cautiously optimistic — it’s my nature — and I will await all atingle to see if private enterprise really does fill in the void NASA will be leaving.

    I just worry, sometimes — as it seems that most corporations nowadays aren’t interested if they won’t see profit in as little as three years, and though I think space will be profitable, I think it will take a mite longer than that.

    Still, hope abounds. You put a very good video, a very good proposal, and keep teaching people while making them laugh. I can think of fewer higher callings.


  11. Very funny video, congratulations to Tara and Brian!

  12. QuietDesperation

    This just in: flowery words *still* don’t pay the bills or reduce the cost per kilogram to orbit.

    My wife and I were able, magically, to make it to the last shuttle launch

    What, did you Apparate there? ūüėČ

  13. chris j.

    i got thrown off for a few seconds with the covers to various SF books, as that picture of the andromeda galaxy just happens to be my desktop picture!

  14. Jonathan Latimer

    @ 12. Quiet Desperation

    LOL…no. My wife hadn’t told me she was trying for the Shuttle lottery, and we hadn’t planned a trip at all this year. She managed to snag them at 3;15am, and woke me telling me we were going. Everything seems magical at three in the morning.

  15. Eve

    This is the most romantic thing I’ve ever seen.


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