Space shuttle’s final flights captured in cheese

NASA has put men on the moon and robots on Mars, which proves there’s some pretty good scientists working there.

But there are some wannabe-artists laboring there too it seems.

Going where movie poster designers have boldly gone before.

Going where movie poster designers have boldly gone before.

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Unbeknownst to many, a tiny portion of the space agency’s $18 billion budget is used to make cheesy posters to commemorate each mission.

The final flight of the space shuttle Endeavor, scheduled for Friday, is no different.  The final space shuttle mission, the 135th, will be flown by the crew of Atlantis in June.

NASA began the poster tradition with the 96th shuttle mission in 1999, but really ramped up the Velveeta in 2008.

Since then, there’s been posters paying homage to Star Trek, movies, baseball and even The Beatles.

They were paid for with your tax dollars, so feel free to print a few out and slap them on your wall.

16 comments Add your comment

the watch dog

April 27th, 2011
4:38 pm

Whee does all the money come from for NASA. I do not think the taxpayers have that kind of cash.

deezcoons

April 27th, 2011
4:41 pm

if govt doesn’t have the money they just print more. seriously.

deezcoons

April 27th, 2011
4:42 pm

the usa has been more than broke for years now

Rob

April 27th, 2011
4:49 pm

Wow. I’m not offended by the use of tax dollars — I’m just offended by how awful that is.

MrLiberty

April 27th, 2011
4:51 pm

The money is either stolen from taxpayers, stolen from companies (who pass the costs on to consumers), printed out of thin air (thus stealing from savers and everyone by reducing the purchasing power of the money they have to spend), or borrowed from the suckers in China and elsewhere who continue to believe that we will actually pay off on our debts. One way or the other we have NEVER been able to afford NASA, and if we would wise up and end all government involvement in the space program and restore all activities to the private sector, we could finally find out if we truly are getting our money’s worth from shooting rockets into space.

Tragically testosterone, the obsession with big booms, fire, and general entertainment wins out over common sense when it comes to discussing expensive and pointless things like war, space travel, and fighter planes. When we are finally bankrupt as a nation and our dollar is worth less than the paper its printed on, there might be a spark of enlightenment pointing to all the waste we have allowed the government to engage in with our money.

And please don’t try to justify NASA waste by mentioning any or all of the other things government wastes money on that are even worse. I oppose them TOO.

Son of Sam

April 27th, 2011
5:11 pm

We have never been able to fund NASA? Its only estimated to take 100 Billion to go to MARS. We gave more than that to bail out just LEHMAN BROS. Screw them, we should have let them go under and went to MARS instead. A much better use of the money.

Mike S.

April 27th, 2011
5:30 pm

Son of Sam….do you ever actually know what you are talking about? The US did not bailout Lehman; they went bankrupt. No bailout. Do you realize that all of the governments outlay for bailouts of financial institutions has been repaid, plus a profit for the government, i.e. the taxpayer? Don’t let facts get in the way of a good blog rant though.

kevin

April 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

Thanks Mike S. Nice post.

On the poster tip, it’s unbelievably awful.

RGB

April 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

Thanks for censoring my mild, tame comments.

Won’t bother you again, Geo.

Son of Sam

April 27th, 2011
7:34 pm

Mike S, please, AIG alone got its $182 billion taxpayer bailout. That could have funded the space program alone for the next 30 years.

The Original WDE

April 27th, 2011
10:29 pm

@MrLiberty

I think you fail to see why NASA makes total sense. I’m fiscally conservative, but you have to look at the big picture from humanity’s perspective. The research and advances we are making in space, and will make in space, don’t make immediate returns, but the returns down the road are enormous.

If we’ve got the capabilities to go to space, we’d be stupid not to.

skunkape

April 27th, 2011
11:11 pm

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skunkape

April 27th, 2011
11:20 pm

I want to be covered in the government tax cheese money. I am a willing and obedient servant to the mighty monarchy of the space cheese!.

Cousin Curtis

April 28th, 2011
12:16 am

In your first sentence:
“Nasa has put a men on the moon.” A man or men, take your pick. Just sayin’.
“…there’s some pretty good scientists…” There IS A good scientist. There ARE some good scientists.
Sorry to be grammar police, but for the lovapete…who is George Mathis and why does he write for a big city paper without a 5th grader’s understanding of the English language?

Cousin Curtis

April 28th, 2011
12:18 am

p.s. There ARE some wanna-be artists. Sheesh.

Walt

May 11th, 2011
2:38 pm

More than a match for poor Enterprise!