Stuff That’s Hard to Do (SLS Artemis-1)

Artemis was launched safely into orbit at oh-dark-thirty
on its maiden flight around the Moon.

I’ll post a video as soon as a good one’s available
It’s all live stuff right now and packed with yakety-yak, background, and NASA marketing

Boost phase (disappointing video, hoping for better)

Live mission tracking

A still photo would suffice, but you’d miss the pseudo-inspirational voice-over
written by what sounds like a high-school-yearbook caption writer (story)


  1. Henk Vandenbergh
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 6:00 am |

    To me the Artemis program is like a car-show talking about a barn find: “it is old old old, can we get it to run again?”.

  2. mech
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 8:21 am |

    Surprised it made it off the pad.
    Not surprised but disappointed with all the woke crap.
    More surprised with how many other countries it took to get this paleo candle into orbit.

  3. Igor
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 11:02 am |

    Sure, it’s impressive, in a Flying Whale sort of way – but just wait until Starship leaves the pad…

  4. blake
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 7:39 pm |

    I’m glad NASA is back in the space biz, sort of, but, Elon is eating their lunch right now.

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 8:25 pm |

    At first I was glad NASA is back in the rocket business, but then I read this:

    “With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon,…”

    Whaaa… who gives a damn who the crew is, as long as it works as designed? That’s nauseating.
    NASA has become a money-sink failure, while Musk is blowing them into the weeds with competence.

    Fuck the woke bastards, fuck NASA – I hope it’s a miserable failure and an affirmative action pick causes it.
    Let’s send Pete Butttifudge, Alex Mayorkas, Jennifer Granholm and that freak “Rachel” Levine to fill the quota.
    Maybe they’ll get stranded on the moon and we’ll all be better off.
    And BTW, 50+ years ago, all the Apollo astronauts and most of the engineers and staff happened to be white men, picked for competence and guts, not their genes, as were the very few women and blacks on the team. The wokesters just can’t stand that, but there it is, on film for the ages.

  6. Henk Vandenbergh
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 8:39 pm |

    They can’t use Artemis to get to the moon, they’ll have to wait for the fleet of starships to be ready so that all variations of races and genders can go together.
    Thousands of starships ain’t gonna be enough.

  7. DougM (just entertaining myself here)
    Posted November 16, 2022 at 11:04 pm |

    dick ^5
    Well, yeah, Apollo happened back when test pilots and aerospace engineers were predominantly evil pale males. Sure, there were a few other kinds, but it was a classic nerd-centric world. Still small minorities when I left the field in ’92, but that’s all changed. Too bad it took so long; smart lady engineers can be a lot of fun after work.

  8. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 17, 2022 at 7:53 pm |

    ^Doug, I worked with some smart lady engineers who were very good, and great to work with on a project. I also worked with some affirmative action minority engineers who had to be carried by others, but not for long, because in the blossoming 90′s PC corporate world, they were promoted out of danger of &^*##%ing up a project.
    IIRC, there was a black woman in the space program from Mercury onward who was an orbital calculation ace. She wasn’t there because she was black or female; she was there because she was damned good at what she did, and that’s the way project job slots should be filled: job competence over all things, and race and gender blind.

  9. DougM (just entertaining myself here)
    Posted November 17, 2022 at 11:23 pm |

    dick ^
    Yep, that was Katherine Johnson
    There’s a pretty good movie about her, too, Hidden Figures

  10. MikeAZ
    Posted November 19, 2022 at 6:58 am |

    Want to bring the space program to a screeching halt? Start the rumor that one of the original Mercury Seven was a slave owner or wore black face.