Astronaut Art
October 6, 2012 7:40 PM   Subscribe


 
Bodies in Space (nsfw)
posted by homunculus at 7:43 PM on October 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cat Scientists of the 1960s.
posted by charlie don't surf at 8:09 PM on October 6, 2012


I've always been fascinated by animal astronauts. I'm pretty sure none of them really wanted to be astronauts. It's hard for me to imagine Laika - the first dog in space - thinking that ever since she was a puppy she wanted to be an astronaut. She may have been happy chasing a stick, or chasing her tail, but they put her in a spaceship and sent her into orbit. How is a dog supposed to understand that?

She died on the way.

I miss you sometimes, Laika. Life was way too complicated for you to understand what was going on. But you always did your best.
posted by twoleftfeet at 8:12 PM on October 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The animal astronauts are unnerving, because I recognize some of the underlying photos that were used.

Gordon Cooper, Antelopnaut

Gordon Cooper, Apenaut

Won't sleep well tonight. Thanks homunculus!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:04 AM on October 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


How is a dog supposed to understand that?

1. Mission Control launches a stick into orbit
2. Says "fetch" in a commanding yet friendly tone (in an appropriate language)
3. Presses "launch"

To be fair, dogs don't understand much of what humans do, I suspect. But dying was not what she signed up for.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:06 AM on October 7, 2012


But dying was not what she signed up for.

That's the one thing we're all signed up for.
posted by charlie don't surf at 6:31 AM on October 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


Pretty neat! See also Jeremy Geddes' and his urban cosmonauts.
posted by yaymukund at 2:46 PM on October 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm really loving the Bodies in Space, linked in the first comment. Thanks, homunculus!
posted by tickingclock at 6:30 PM on October 7, 2012


Wow, that first link is straight out of J. G. Ballard! All it needs is an astronaut in an empty swimming pool.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 8:33 PM on October 7, 2012


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