Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Holidays in space

This past December, we spent a few days in the Orlando area, and one of the things we did was go to the Kennedy Space Center.  I'd been there once before and as such was not quite ready for the transformation it undergoes for their "Holidays in Space" period.  It strikes you the moment you arrive, seeing the NASA logo transformed into a giant Christmas-tree ball, but I was more discomfited by their need to replace the lovely ambient space music with rather generic Christmas/holiday music and by the giant Christmas tree which looked totally international but wasn't---it doesn't have all the spacefaring nations, only those who participate in the International Space Station, and thus leaves out major players like China and India.  All of it seemed to me rather to bring down an institution that otherwise is all about the best of human aspirations and capabilities.