Last Sunday, Brian and I went to The Bell House in Brooklyn with Miss Timothy Buttons’ parents to see a live taping of the StarTalk podcast, hosted by our favorite astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Joining him on stage were three of our favorite comedians – Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, and John Hodgman – and a REAL LIVE ASTRONAUT!!
John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Astronaut Mike Massimino, and Neil deGrasse Tyson
The astronaut, Mike Massimino, got to WALK IN SPACE to fix the Hubble telescope. That means he’s one of a handful of people EVER who’ve been able to LOOK AT EARTH WHILE THEY WERE FLOATING IN SPACE. And he got to do it TWICE!
Now, Sid, obviously isn’t travelling all the way to the Hubble telescope for a space walk when we take flight on Friday, but considering that it’s probably just as hard for a pug to wrap its mind around simple air travel as it is for a human to wrap its mind around WALKING IN OUTER SPACE, we thought that maybe we should do some advanced aeronautical exercises to prepare Sid for his flight.
So, naturally, we signed Sid up for NASA.
His first training exercise was the “anti-gravity chamber.” As you can see in the video below, he’s a natural when it comes to floating. And, as you can hear in the video below, zero-gravity makes him a wee bit gassy (listen when he shakes).