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(Metro)   Boy reaches for the stars, wants to go to Mars, requests NASA send him there, gets reply   (metro.co.uk) divider line 90
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2013-07-09 08:47:50 AM
The kid sent the same letter 4 times?

They were probably getting sick of hearing from him
 
2013-07-09 08:50:22 AM
For the price of one jet fighter program, we could already have a mood base under construction by autonomous robotic drones.
 
2013-07-09 08:59:08 AM
It turns out the kid is actually a sleeper agent who has had his memory altered.
 
2013-07-09 09:03:06 AM
Goddammit it's NASA you stupid twat-crumpet.
 
2013-07-09 09:24:27 AM
Dear boy,

You can't go because we plan on sending a woman.  And Mars needs women.

Thanks,
NASA
 
2013-07-09 09:39:47 AM
When I was very, very young, a friend and I wrote to NASA too (and drew them pictures).  They did basically the same thing--sent us a ton of little stuff in return.  Literature, stickers, activity things and other crap for kids, as well as personal letters acknowledging the drawings and saying they'd put some of them up somewhere.

I thought it was the absolute coolest thing that had ever happened to me at the time.
 
2013-07-09 10:23:57 AM
Yep. Way back in the stone age, NASA sent me and a friend tons of pics and trinkets. If I remember correctly, I think I even got a sample of Mercury (metal, not planet). Could be wrong. I remember playing with a little palm-full of it (hmm...could explain a lot...), but I'm pretty sure it came from them. Same time period.

Anyway, I've digressed. Good on ya' NASA. I wanted to be an Astronaut at 7 too.

Wish I still had the goodies they sent me.
 
2013-07-09 10:29:27 AM

UberDave: Dear boy,

You can't go because we plan on sending a woman.  And Mars needs women.

Thanks,
NASA


p.s. Angry red women
 
2013-07-09 10:30:49 AM

doglover: For the price of one jet fighter program, we could already have a mood base under construction by autonomous robotic drones.


But it's so much harder to convince the rubes that the moon base is bombing Assholistan for freedom. You do love freedom, don't you, Citizen?
 
2013-07-09 10:31:27 AM
PR interns versus Ralph Kramden.

Just don't let Disney make the movie. It'll suck.
 
2013-07-09 10:32:28 AM
Dear Dexter,

You'll never achieve your dreams.

Because Obama.

Yours truly,
NASA


*Sent from Unemployment Line Wifi
 
2013-07-09 10:32:32 AM
I hate to be uncharitable, but that kid had atrocious penmanship for a 7yr old.
 
2013-07-09 10:35:10 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: doglover: For the price of one jet fighter program, we could already have a mood base under construction by autonomous robotic drones.

But it's so much harder to convince the rubes that the moon base is bombing Assholistan for freedom. You do love freedom, don't you, Citizen?


Islam's earliest origins were as a moon cult.

thoseshirts.com
 
2013-07-09 10:38:35 AM

doglover: For the price of one jet fighter program, we could already have a mood base under construction by autonomous robotic drones.



Yeah, probably with rings, too...
loveringreviews.com
 
2013-07-09 10:38:47 AM
I don't know how spiffy it is that they sent him a form letter.  Not that I entirely blame them, because I'm sure no one really wants to pay them to write letters to kids, but the response was barely on topic.
 
2013-07-09 10:39:08 AM
I heard Mars needs moms...not kids.
 
2013-07-09 10:43:19 AM
Form letter. Yeah, really cool when you're seven, but hardly newsworthy. Even for Fark.
 
2013-07-09 10:48:15 AM

Relatively Obscure: When I was very, very young, a friend and I wrote to NASA too (and drew them pictures).  They did basically the same thing--sent us a ton of little stuff in return.  Literature, stickers, activity things and other crap for kids, as well as personal letters acknowledging the drawings and saying they'd put some of them up somewhere.

I thought it was the absolute coolest thing that had ever happened to me at the time.


Me too! I was 10 and sent a letter to President Reagan letting hm know that, if needed, this 10 year old was ready to go.  NASA sent me a letter and a book containing the schematics of the space shuttle; it was very cool.
 
2013-07-09 10:51:31 AM
I like it!  I think I will include a letter like his with my resume.

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2013-07-09 10:58:08 AM
He's British?

Get your own damn space program kid!
 
2013-07-09 11:00:16 AM
Good grief! This passes for "news"? A 7-year-old writes a letter to NASA and gets some PR and information on where to sign up for SpaceCamp in return! OMG! Let's get this kid on the news! When I was his age, I wrote all sorts of letters, too, and got some interesting responses. But I didn't get media coverage over it.
 
2013-07-09 11:02:26 AM
Stars

/oblig
 
2013-07-09 11:05:53 AM

cashman: Good grief! This passes for "news"? A 7-year-old writes a letter to NASA and gets some PR and information on where to sign up for SpaceCamp in return! OMG! Let's get this kid on the news! When I was his age, I wrote all sorts of letters, too, and got some interesting responses. But I didn't get media coverage over it.


You butthurt? Maybe one day you can grow up to be just like this 7-year old.
 
2013-07-09 11:09:32 AM
venus is better.  that's where all teh chicks are at
 
2013-07-09 11:10:06 AM

CFitzsimmons: Relatively Obscure: When I was very, very young, a friend and I wrote to NASA too (and drew them pictures).  They did basically the same thing--sent us a ton of little stuff in return.  Literature, stickers, activity things and other crap for kids, as well as personal letters acknowledging the drawings and saying they'd put some of them up somewhere.

I thought it was the absolute coolest thing that had ever happened to me at the time.

Me too! I was 10 and sent a letter to President Reagan letting hm know that, if needed, this 10 year old was ready to go.  NASA sent me a letter and a book containing the schematics of the space shuttle; it was very cool.



I wrote TSR and Nintendo.  Posters, Stickers, etc...  Two of my favorite days from childhood.
 
2013-07-09 11:10:28 AM

boarch: He's British?

Get your own damn space program kid!


Wouldn't it be a programme, then?
 
2013-07-09 11:10:34 AM
Dear Dexter,
Mars needs women, not serial killers.
 
2013-07-09 11:12:49 AM
nycprowler.com
 
2013-07-09 11:13:00 AM
That young space nutter needs to find something better to do than get killed in the cold stink of deep space!!!!

He should make himself a spaceship with a 3D printer!!!!

Gaaahhhhh!!!!

\QA mode disengaged.
 
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2013-07-09 11:13:02 AM

boarch: He's British?



Of course he's British!  Going to Mars would be a HUGE improvement over his current environment.
 
2013-07-09 11:13:39 AM
I never wanted to be an astronaut as a kid despite how much I loved astronomy. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that the astronauts of my day only orbited the Earth and I am more of an explorer. Anyway this story is not a big deal, because NASA's PR department sends out stuff like this all the time to gain public support so they have a better chance of getting the funding they request.
 
2013-07-09 11:15:15 AM

Morgellons: boarch: He's British?

Get your own damn space program kid!

Wouldn't it be a programme, then?


Tou-farking-che
 
2013-07-09 11:18:30 AM
Dear NASA, I received a video from myself that says I need to get my ass to...

Sybarite: It turns out the kid is actually a sleeper agent who has had his memory altered.


Dammit.
 
2013-07-09 11:19:18 AM

cashman: Good grief! This passes for "news"? A 7-year-old writes a letter to NASA and gets some PR and information on where to sign up for SpaceCamp in return! OMG! Let's get this kid on the news! When I was his age, I wrote all sorts of letters, too, and got some interesting responses. But I didn't get media coverage over it.


It's ok, mommy will come by soon with some warm milk and cookies.
 
2013-07-09 11:21:02 AM
How does he expect to get to Mars when he cannot even take the time out to write in cursive?
 
2013-07-09 11:22:17 AM
Dear Dexter,

Go build a laboratory or something.  You'll be dead before we ever get to mars.

Thanks,

Your Friends at NASA.
 
2013-07-09 11:22:30 AM

doglover: For the price of one jet fighter program, we could already have a mood base under construction by autonomous robotic drones.


Is that where we send our first female President when she's on her period?
 
2013-07-09 11:22:34 AM

Profedius: I never wanted to be an astronaut as a kid despite how much I loved astronomy. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that the astronauts of my day only orbited the Earth and I am more of an explorer. Anyway this story is not a big deal, because NASA's PR department sends out stuff like this all the time to gain public support so they have a better chance of getting the funding they request.


What is sad is they once again just orbit the Earth.
 
2013-07-09 11:24:33 AM
You're British so scale it back a bit...
 
2013-07-09 11:24:57 AM

Profedius: I never wanted to be an astronaut as a kid despite how much I loved astronomy. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that the astronauts of my day only orbited the Earth and I am more of an explorer. Anyway this story is not a big deal, because NASA's PR department sends out stuff like this all the time to gain public support so they have a better chance of getting the funding they request.


From Britain?

The funny part is, the kid has PLENTY of time. The way NASA moves, he'll be 30 by the time they get this shiat off the ground, so to speak.
 
2013-07-09 11:26:20 AM
hey can marry his 24 year old DAUGHTER on mars.  how inappropriate.
 
2013-07-09 11:26:31 AM
When I was a kid I mailed Nolan Ryan a baseball card and asked him to sign it, never heard back. So can we get some media attention on how much Nolan Ryan hates children?
 
2013-07-09 11:27:48 AM
Sorry, Dexter. We're too busy wasting so much money on crony capitalist ventures like subsidies for agricultural and "alternative energy" companies and ponzi schemes for old people that programs like NASA will constantly be on the chopping block. Have a keychain, though.
 
2013-07-09 11:29:52 AM
I remember writing to NASA to ask for more information about the Voyager program. Got back a form letter and some cool photos and other info.
 
2013-07-09 11:30:49 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: doglover: For the price of one jet fighter program, we could already have a mood base under construction by autonomous robotic drones.

But it's so much harder to convince the rubes that the moon base is bombing Assholistan for freedom. You do love freedom, don't you, Citizen?



I'm sure we can create find evidence that Al Qaeda has moon bases, and we certainly cannot allow a moon base gap.
 
2013-07-09 11:34:46 AM

cowgirl toffee: I like it!  I think I will include a letter like his with my resume.


Heheheheeee
 
2013-07-09 11:41:14 AM

cman: The kid sent the same letter 4 times?

They were probably getting sick of hearing from him


I missed the 4 times part, and re-read it. Where did they say that?
 
2013-07-09 11:42:45 AM

doglover: For the price of one jet fighter program, we could already have a mood base under construction by autonomous robotic drones.


Of course, I assume we have the technology just waiting, but you guys are moody enough as is. "autonomous robotic drones " wow ... so tech!

Hydra: Sorry, Dexter. We're too busy wasting so much money on crony capitalist ventures like subsidies for agricultural and "alternative energy" companies and ponzi schemes for old people that programs like NASA will constantly be on the chopping block. Have a keychain, though.


Hmm. Alternative energy in quotes? Oil is in infinite supply?

And do you assume that as soon as they hit a critical amount of people on Moon Base Gingrich, there won't be crony capitalism et al?

It's built into human nature, you won't escape that by dreaming about some utopian space camp with only the kind of people you like in it.
 
2013-07-09 11:43:44 AM

Relatively Obscure: When I was very, very young, a friend and I wrote to NASA too (and drew them pictures).  They did basically the same thing--sent us a ton of little stuff in return.  Literature, stickers, activity things and other crap for kids, as well as personal letters acknowledging the drawings and saying they'd put some of them up somewhere.


I just sent a list of demands for swag, er, polite request:  pictures of all the planets and moons, the Sun, Halley's comet, etc.  They sent me about a dozen photos, which I kept framed around my bedroom.
 
2013-07-09 11:44:25 AM

doglover: For the price of one jet fighter program, we could already have a mood base under construction by autonomous robotic drones.


All your mood base are belong to us.
 
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