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How DO you hold a moonbeam in your hand? Finally we take a look at some people who are trying to reconcile the romantic and cynical perceptions of space by taking matters into their own hands. First, we'll hear about artist Dario Robleto's attempt to finish the lost Space Shuttles' work. Next, Dr. Peter Diamandis advocates for risk, enterprise and optimism for the non-governmental future of human space flight. We'll end our hour, looking back with a piece from producer Barrett Golding about the last transmission from the moon.

Comments [5]

Matthew from Houston from Houston TX

After landing on the moon, America's great leader, Richard Milhous Nixon a king amongst presidents, appointed the great judge bribe-meister, Spiro T. Agnew, to plan the US space policy that we are currently executing today.

To save a few bucks, they truncated further landings to the moon, laying waste the moral imperative and national momentum. Together they became the first president to resign, and the second vice president to resign, neither serving prison time; so what could go wrong?

The system is thoroughly corrupted. The only risk is getting caught. Read Trento's Prescription for Disaster for the details. Clearly not everyone is corrupted, most are not, just rotted enough to make it ineffectual on many levels.

Thanks Dick and Spiro, your legacy lives on!

Oct. 08 2014 01:40 AM
Steev from Lake Tahoe, CA

Why does this 'art' have to Dumb Down what was originally an educational project? (italics for emphasis)
Use "develop" instead of "bloom" (as if no one understands 'germinate'). Seeds don't grow leaves directly. A shoot, or even 'cotyledon' results from the seed's awakening.
The students "grew up" in 7 years time? Indeed, even today they learned nothing, it seems.
RadioLab and This American Life, among others, partition their information so that only they seem authoritative. Instead, they sound elitist and condescending.

Oct. 04 2014 07:43 PM
Ken Druse

There could have been hundreds of reasons the seedlings died: did they have light? did they get fungal diseases? A person who says "seeds bloom" obviously doesn't know enough about nature and science to help germinating seedlings survive. Oh well, that's (ignorance) art.

Dec. 29 2012 12:48 PM
Jody from Kansas City

6th months later....i agree space seeds were completly captivating. was there any research to determine why the seeds don't last?

Apr. 15 2008 05:00 PM
Luther Gaylord from Ogden, Utah

The piece on Dario Robleto's "space seeds" was wholly captivating. You guys are the best storytellers on the air. Many thanks to Ira Glass for turning me on to your program.

Oct. 16 2007 02:20 PM

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