NASA now sending photos of people (instead of real people) into outer space?
NASA wants to make you a space cowboy. No word on how it feels about making you a gangster of love.
Steve Miller lyrics aside, NASA really does want to put you up into space. Or at least your head.
No, this isn't some bizarre Ted Williams cryonics thing. Instead, the space agency is inviting the public to send in photos so they can be included on one of the two remaining space shuttle flights.
NASA is creatively calling the program Face in Space.
Critics of President Obama would undoubtedly say that he's mishandled NASA so badly with the cancellation of the moon program, for example, that sending photos of people into outer space instead of real people is the best NASA can do now.
But since we're rarely critical, we won't even mention that.
The program itself is pretty simple. Send in your picture. Tell NASA which flight you want to go on -- either the Discovery in September or the Endeavor in November. And you're set.
Once it's over, you can download a flight certificate from NASA's website signed by the mission commander. Then you can frame the useless document.
If the only photo you have resembles Nick Nolte's mugshot (not that there's anything wrong with that), you can also just opt to send in your name without a photo.
By the way, don't even think about a less than family-friendly photo. These are G-rated flights as spelled out in program's terms and conditions.
"Keep it clean, you pervs," warns Jen Doll over at the Village Voice.
Here's the link if you wanna check it out: faceinspace.nasa.gov
-- Jimmy Orr
Photo: President Obama using a light saber. Credit: Associated Press