Thursday, March 10, 2011

Because kittens make everything more awesome

So, the Space Shuttle Discovery safely concluded its final mission this week which was awesome, but also very sad because, well, it was its final mission. I generally have little interest in things that fly so long as they don't drop on my head, but the shuttle is different. First of all, it's a spaceship which is a total WIN in my book, and secondly there's just something really rather incredible about this technological beast conceived in the 60s and 70s that rides into space on a gigantic plume of fire, nonchalantly flipping the bird to any notion of environmental concerns and quite probably flambéing every woodland creature in a half mile radius.

I watched Discovery's landing online the other day, which is always fascinating because it's literally a massive glider plummeting to Earth, but doubly so this time around because as it rolled to a halt its commander could be heard over the radio to say "I'd like to thank KFC," which immediately struck me as a bit weird because as marvellous as the colonel's secret recipe of herbs and spices is, I don't see how it could be of use in putting anything in space.

I eventually realised he meant Kennedy Flight Control. Oops.

Anyway, the NASA website threw up some rather lovely hi-res images to commemorate Discovery's successful final mission and, well … look. Sometimes I genuinely do wonder if someone's lacing my grande misto with LSD because my first thought was 'that could only be more awesome if there were a bunch of kittens on it.'

And so I added some kittens.

I'm so grateful you lot humour my strange little whims. The original, 100% kitten-less version can be viewed in its stunning entirety HERE.


CyberPete said...

Why would we want to watch the photos without the kittens?

Kudos to whoever laced your misto. I had two lattés today. Well, one latté and one latté macchiato with an added expresso. They were lovely and I think they were LSD free

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Awwww... It IS more awesome with the added kittens, and I don't say that lightly, what with not being a huge feline fan.
My very favourite is the plucky young thing trying to jump onto the pointy end.

Tara said...

I think I'd thank KFC too. Especially if I was allowed to dine on it in space.

You're right, the kitten version is more awesome! Kittens in space!

Tim said...

Cyberpete - No LSD, no fun!

Inexplicable Device - It's like a ninja kitten, isn't it?

Tara - *imagines spicy chicken floating around in space*