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!
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.