Hey NASA! Listen Up!

By Julianne Dalcanton | November 14, 2008 12:55 am

In honor of NASA’s current round of the astronaut selection process:

chicks to the moon!

(from Dinosaur Comics. If you’re interested, there’s also a t-shirt.)

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  • http://lablemminglounge.blogspot.com/ Lab Lemming

    I wonder who they think the thirteenth astronaut is?

  • Doug

    Every comic comes equip with bonus jokes: the alt text and the subject line automatically suggested by “comments.” So “you may be wondering who the thirteenth person on the moon is. it’s t-rex! he left his wallet there once. it was by ACCIDENT.”

  • Sili

    But sausages are delicious!

  • jianying

    I think there’s a documentary on how women were trained for the moon missions but was not called to go.

  • http://tyrannogenius.blogspot.com Neil B

    Yeah, women were just not taken seriously in the 60s. (And BTW, the “Movement” that was pushing for more civil rights, ecology, anti-war etc. had many leaders also contemptuous of women taking big strides. Look up the history.) I don’t know when the first Asian made it. However, a black astronaut was picked way back on June 30, 1967! Sadly few of the general public know of him. That is partly because he died in a training flight and never went up. Check this out, but I think there is an error (Bluford was the first black American up, but a Cuban went before him – see below):

    http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmfirsts.html

    First astronaut:
    Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., 1967, was the first black astronaut, but he died in a plane crash during a training flight and never made it into space. Guion Bluford, 1983, became the first black astronaut to travel in space; Mae Jemison, 1992, became the first black female astronaut. Frederick D. Gregory, 1998, was the first African-American shuttle commander.

    But here’s a better rundown from a board, at http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question86253.html:


    cag1970

    Let’s straighten this out:

    Captain Edward Dwight (USAF) was the first black person to train as an astronaut. He trained from 1962 to 1966, but was never designated to a specific program. He’s made his living as an artist and monument sculptor since then.

    Major Robert H. Lawrence (USAF) was the first black person to be assigned to a specific space program–specifically, the Air Force’s Manned Orbital Laboratory program (successor to the X-20 program).

    Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez (Cuba) was the first person of African ancestory AND the first Hispanic speaker to travel in space. He flew with Yuri Romanenko on Soyuz 38 September 18-26, 1980.

    As a matter of course, neither Dwight nor Lawrence qualify as astronauts, under the definitions of the FAI, NASA or the US military. Dwight and Lawrence were, more correctly, astronaut-candidates. Tamayo Méndez is considered a cosmonaut, techincally, because he traveled on board a Soviet spacecraft. But his flight into space predated Bluford’s journey on board STS-8 by almost three years.

    http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=157

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnaldo_Tamayo-Mendez

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Henry_Lawrence%2C_Jr.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronaut#Insignia

    Sep 22 07, 9:22 PM
    [end quote]

  • mk

    Now that’s the best reason yet for going back to the moon! Because women have never been there!

    Heh.

  • Julianne

    Dude, it’s a cartoon about dinosaurs. Not to be confused with official CV policy.

  • http://www.thechocolatefish.blogspot.com Yvette

    I want that shirt. That is all.

  • mk

    Apologies, Julianne.

    For a second I thought I was at Bad Astronomy! ;^}

  • http://quantummechanicsdemystified.blogspot.com/ DavidMcMahon

    At the start anyway, they got all their astronauts from fighter pilots. Of course in those days they were all men. I think Harrison Schmidt (a geologist) was the first non-military person and scientist sent on a space mission.

  • http://tyrannogenius.blogspot.com Neil B

    Just for the record and to clarify: the topic cartoon was about astronauts who landed on the Moon, but I made a segue into the issue of minority astronauts in general. As for returning to the Moon: I don’t think it is worth spending all that money for that or for going to Mars – in the foreseeable future, given all the troubles we are having now. Just maybe, if it was a full international effort it could be worth it for the cooperative benefits.

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