Lost in Space

Confusing the Far Side of the moon with the Dark Side of the moon is the most elementary mistake a Junior Space Cadet can make: primarily because there is no such thing as ‘the Dark Side of the Moon.’ However, NASA administrator Bill Nelson recently made this fundamental mistake, and a few moments later, elaborated on why NASA has no plans to explore the Dark Side of the Moon, the primary reason being that it’s dark all the time. A former Astronaut, Bill Nelson is 81 years old: just the sort of far-seeing, bleeding-edge dynamo America needs to head its space program. 

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Mark Tyma
May 9, 2024 6:03 AM

Yes Fire Marshal Bill, or maybe Skeletor from Heman or Arnold Schwarzenager in the Terminator when his skin starts melting from his face or maybe a wax figurine of himself. Pretty funny episode!

Stephen Peterson
May 2, 2024 8:40 AM

Thank you so much for the pointing out Bill Nelson is the doppelganger of Fire Marshal Bill, Steve! I couldn’t stop laughing. I guess if a gun was held to my head, I would have answered correctly, but the topic of the dark side of the moon always being the back side relative to Earth was something I’d never really thought about before to be honest. Gene Page did a disco-esque song back in the ’70s called Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which used the famous five tones from the movie, and the song starts off with, “If everything’s… Read more »

Tim Scott
April 30, 2024 4:42 PM

“Dark Side of the Moon” is a good album. Heck, it spent about 736 weeks on the Billboard’s top 1oo albums list for that long. The song “Time” from that album was my class’s senior song in high school.

On another note, a friend’s roommate in college used to cue up the song ‘Time,” crank the volume, then hit play. My friend did not like getting woke up that way; can’t imagine why.

If one, like Bill Nelson, thinks the dark side of the moon does not get sunlight, they deserve endless mocking.

Mark Gryc
April 30, 2024 1:56 PM

It’s all Roger’s fault.

Reply to  Mark Gryc
May 3, 2024 8:47 AM

LOL. Gotta love Roger Waters. His daddy was killed by Nazis in WWII so Roger’s solution is not to end Nazi killers, it’s to end opposing them. Roger thinks that if his nation didn’t send his daddy to oppose the Nazi killers he’d have grown up with his daddy still alive. None of which is particularly surprising, Roger Waters is an inveterate anti-Semite. His predilection for the kind of mindset that begets things like Nazism is well known. His talent is musical, his intellectual talents not so much. Roger Waters is a prime example of why it’s OK to enjoy… Read more »

David Pimentel
April 29, 2024 6:41 AM

Bureaucrats like that only appear to be “Lost in Space,” because they have their heads rammed securely up their butts. They are the signature of bliss because they’re so ignorant. Personally, I’d rather be miserable than suffer from such an “idyllic state.”

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Road Rider
April 28, 2024 5:06 PM

You never, EVER, go Full Nelson…..

That, and, Hank Johnson says if you land on the dark side of the moon, it might capsize.

Most fun I’ve had on a Right Angle since Trifecta’s “Mr. Smartmaninov”.

Oh and to some other commenter, I’ll just add, “Lighten up, Francis”

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Road Rider
Reply to  Road Rider
April 28, 2024 11:36 PM


Robert Horning
April 28, 2024 3:41 PM

You can have issues about the Biden administration and the priorities they put on spaceflight efforts. I find the attacks on Bill Nelson in this particular episode to be particularly poor taste and cheap shots based on political bias and partisan viewpoint than anything of real substance. There are things which can be brought up of real substance that the Biden administration is doing with spaceflight efforts and a sort of benign neglect going on with spaceflight in general that has happened over most of the past several administrations since Nixon killed Apollo.

Reply to  Robert Horning
April 29, 2024 3:00 PM

Bill Nelson not only deserves this well justified ridicule, he might as well have gotten down on his knees and BEGGED for it. This sort of self-beclowning might not be a big deal coming from some old fart in a pool hall or tavern but this isn’t just some old fart in a beer joint. This is the head of NASA and he was TESTIFYING about the goals and policies of the American Space Program in front of CONGRESS. That’s about as “real substance” as it gets. Your defense of his abysmal lack of knowledge on the subjects his own… Read more »

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Keith Jackson
Reply to  Robert Horning
May 1, 2024 1:20 PM

Are you trying to punk us? I’m wondering if willful blindness is contagious or a survival instinct/coping mechanism. I bet you think calling out Biden’s failed policies is sacrilege, too. It is real substance to point out that Nelson said a dumb thing and saying it exposed his incompetence to lead NASA.

Stanley Hall
April 28, 2024 2:19 PM

I think we’d be better off appointing that guy from “Dumb and Dumber” to be the Director of NASA. Like he was in “The Martian.:

Chaz Cone
April 28, 2024 2:13 PM

I first thought he looked like Tommy Smothers…