They’re gonna need a better astrogator

Drop this into the huge “human error” file

(What? Yeah, pretty sure it’s a joke… or sabotage by a NASA budget warrior)
Extra credit for knowing the cultural ref for “astrogator”


  1. jlw
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 5:22 am |

    Heinlein, Starman Jones (i think)

    if it didn’t originate with Heinelin, it should have.

  2. Posted June 24, 2019 at 8:01 am |

    I remember it from the ancient mists of my yout’.

  3. mech
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 9:32 am |

    Delightfully subtle but over too many heads.

  4. mech
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 9:45 am |

    *Insert image of alligator in space suit since I’m too busy to set up an account to place one here*

    Most popular ref is in Lost in Space, though it was mentioned in a few earlier sci-fi movies.

  5. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 10:50 am |

    Actually, I don’t know the original occurrence of “astrogator.”
    The one I remember was in the last act of Forbidden Planet, as they escaped the planet; a compliment to Robby the Robot.

    I couldn’t find a video clip for it, but here’s a still:

  6. jlw
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 12:07 pm |

    i don’t know the origin either but “Forbidden Planet” came out in 1956, three years after “Starman Jones”

  7. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm |

    I’d buy that for $420/share!
    tee heee
    …amounting to $69 million!!
    heh heh… heh heh heh

    Elan — 13 yo boy in a genius’ mind.

    *slaps knee sarcastically*
    *wanders off*

  8. neal
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 1:25 pm |

    They used a fake blood Moon landing to fake a Mars landing?
    And from a flat Earth?
    It is hard to keep up.

  9. Veeshir
    Posted June 24, 2019 at 8:50 pm |

    ^That’s what the Illuminati are counting on.