How do space travelers relax?
Not the jet jockeys of early spaceflight days.
No, I’m talking about regular, nerdy scientists and engineers trapped together, strapped together on a flight to Mars.
What will they do that’s any different than the time they spent together training on Earth or in the ISS?
And why is that important here?
Well, I sit on the steps of the lone goose saloon in Rocket City, loud rock ‘n’ roll music blaring out the open doorway, sipping a carbonated soft drink, wondering.
I wander from place to place seeking answers, devoid of all but one close friend (my wife), able to contemplate being alone for i am alone, indirectly connected to billions of people, wondering.
Am I ever alone, always close to people on Earth I don’t know personally but with whom I exchange friendly greetings easily?
In space no one can hear your scream outside the capsule.
How about here?
Here in cyberspace where invitations for casual gatherings occur even as I type this…
I am not as alone here as I think I am.
On Mars the invitations will be limited, the permutations of random people gathering to have fun and share easy to calculate (small).
Is it worrisome?
Machines built by us don’t feel alone or lonely.
Time to build my next machine, eh?
Time for a little of that old radioshack magic!