Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Space: 1971

OK, so that doesn't have quite the same ring to it as Space: 1999 (or even Space: 1969, for Matt Smith fans), but still. I thought this was cool: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14783135

It's like a glimpse at a world that could have been; one that had a hint of The British Rocket Group or the near-future of the UNIT years of Doctor Who. Britain would have launched revolutionary British-made spacecraft, pioneering space technology in the 20th century. Instead, the project was curtailed before the first satellite even got launched. I guess it's not too surprising; space exploration is an incredibly expensive endeavour, and a government always has a host of expensive, worthy projects to finance. But there's a hint of British bloodymindedness there; the project was cancelled, but they went ahead and launched it anyway. Wonderfully, Prospero is still up there, happily orbiting the Earth, waiting to be contacted.

Does anyone else think it looks like a Mechanoid? We should get a few more up there, they could be a valuable line of defence in the event of a Dalek invasion...

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