“These kids are losing time where they create beauty every day,” Professor Christen said. “But it’s hard for me to make a practical argument for it. I’m not one who’s mourning it because of that; I’m mourning the beauty, the aesthetics.”—
The plan is to bring 2,000 portions of freshly prepared ramen up to Sendai (and other hard-hit areas) every week for a year. “It’s a great idea,” Orkin said. “I don’t know if it’ll be a really organized thing or if it’ll be ad hoc. I think right now it’s very grass roots, there’s a lot of passion and desire.”
“To look for a practical purpose in the Space Station is to miss the point—it’s like asking what music or painting is for. The thing that defines us as human beings is that we can do these activities. It does cost a lot of money, but it is priceless in that it has united something like 50 countries in the most technologically sophisticated engineering projects in human history. This is the equivalent to the pyramids. This is our first UNESCO site off Earth, if you like.”—
Christopher Riley (whose film First Orbit recreates Yuri Gagarin’s trip around the world aboard Vostok 1)
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