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Beam me… er, blow me up, Scotty…

Paypal founder Elon Musk has reinvested some of his bounty in ventures to do with getting places.  He’s one of the forces behind Tesla, the sexy electric sports car start-up, and is the head of Space X, a private company that aims to “reduce the cost and increase the reliability of space access by a factor of ten.”

As readers may have seen, Space X recently suffered its third failed launch of its Falcon I spacecraft.  The flight was carrying three small satellites belonging to NASA and the DoD. Perhaps less seriously, but probably more noteworthy, the ashes of over 200 people were also on board, including a pair of well known astronauts, one real, one fictional– Gordon Cooper, one of the original Mercury 7, and  Star Trek’s James “Scotty” Doohan.

Source:  AP

As one observer noted, “totally wouldn’t have happened if Scotty was the engineer.”

As we reconsider our final resting places, we might compose a birthday rhyme for Alfred, Lord Tennyson, English poet laureate, and “the sage of Victorian poets,” who was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire on this date in 1809.

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore,
And the individual withers, and the world is more and more.

-Locksley Hall (1842)

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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August 6, 2008 at 1:01 am

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