A better astronaut recruitment video

After watching NASA's astronaut recruitment video (which managed to make going to space sort of feel like applying for a lower-level management position at Wal-Mart), Gavin St. Ours made his own version.

Now THIS is what an astronaut recruitment video ought to be: Inspirational, a little tear-jerky ... it even acknowledges the current state of the American manned space program and makes that sound like an opportunity, rather than a crisis. Great work, Gavin!

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  1. Gavin: If you have not seen “FOR ALL MANKIND,” well, um, DROP EVERYTHING, SELL YOUR SPERM IF YOU HAVE TO, and GET IT.

    Note: For best results, you’ll need the Blu-ray version and all the hardware necessary for the enjoyment thereof.

    HOWEVER, it is CRUCIALLY important that you have not only an awesome 5.1 surround sound system with a subwoofer, but that you add an”LFE” speaker (a sub-sub-woofer, if you will) so that you can feel the 5Hz information rattling your fillings.


      1. The problem with that one is the final shot is of the Shuttle, which has been retired. Better to end on a similar shot of a Russian rocket going up, as that’s what we’re using now

  2. I watched “The Right Stuff” a few times. Are there really not enough people trying out for astronaut camp? Because last time I heard it was a pretty exclusive place. For example, do you have a PHD? Ok that’s no problem, because your slight colorblindness ruled you out anyway.

  3. This just confirms my preconceptions about Americans as overly sentimental and nationalistic. Not very inspiring in my eyes, I’m afraid. Visionaries should be above nationalistic feelings, in my opinion.

  4. I’m pretty certain the thing you see at 0:56 is an advanced weapon delivery system that can target anywhere in the world in about the time it takes to have a pizza delivered. See how it’s on a trajectory BACK to the earth? I don’t remember what that’s called, but I’ve seen it before.

    You don’t want to be on that flight.

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