NASA has experienced some of the biggest budget cuts it has seen in decades, heavily reducing what used to be one of the country's biggest technological assets to a mere shadow of its former self. The end result? Heavy privatization of the space industry that has inexorably led to one of the most ridiculous article titles in a very long time: "Lady Gaga to become first artist to perform in outer space."
Nope, couldn't make that up.
As if the blow of shutting down manned missions to space was bad enough, it seems that the entertainment industry wants to add insult to injury by pulling off one of the more ridiculous publicity stunts in history. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lady Gaga (aka Mother Monster) is scheduled to perform in a three-day music festival (cleverly dubbed the "Zero G Colony") at the Spaceport America facility in New Mexico. This performance will include a set in which she will perform on the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two once it hits zero gravity.
With technology continuously reaching unprecedented heights, the entertainment industry's penchant for head-turning publicity, and the diminishing attention span of the average human being, it was only a matter of time before this sort of thing was going to happen. As a nation we could choose to invest in ground breaking technology for the advancement of the human race. Or we could put Lady-Fucking-Gaga in a g-string and orbit her around the planet.
Somewhere in America, there's a furloughed NASA rocket scientist crying/drinking himself to sleep.