- Space-parking is expensive.
It is a well known true fact that New York City contains at least one coherent subset of every conceivable interest group in the entire country, from Fruitarian Nihilists to San Jose Sharks fans. So it’s no surprise that a bunch of nerds dressed up in space-related regalia (from Kirk to Boba Fett to Bill Paxton in one of those “real world” space movies) and marched on Times Square, America’s spiritual center of space-related grass roots action.
The point of this particular action was to convince NASA to give New York one of three available Space Shuttles (the Yugo, the Starbucks, and the Pillager) to have as a museum piece at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, as we say goodbye to the Space Shuttle era (which will one day be known as the Soccer Mom Minivan Era of spaceflight).
Poignantly, the child of one of the nerds (who was dressed as Cillian Murphy’s character in Sunshine) said he wanted to be either an astronaut, a paleontologist or a veterinarian when he grows up. He will be none of those things.