As a nerd, I know a lot of people that are boo-hoo-hoo-ing and getting all misty eyed about this week’s STS-134, otherwise known as the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. Now, I’m not too sad to see the shuttle fleet get retired – I mean, imagine if you had to drive around in your uncle’s souped up Chevy Nova. Pretty sweet to start, but after 30 years? That’s a lot of miles under the hood.
Anyway, like any good story that comes to an end, NASA is saving the best for last – or nearly last. You see, today squid have been launched into space.
I mean, that might be the coolest squid-related news since… well, that might be the coolest squid related news. Period.
Squids. In. Space.
I know I know, the “purpose” of the “experiment” being conducted this week is to examine the effects of microgravity on the assimilation of a bacterial symbiont. But really, don’t you have to ask the question of why one would have to test a squid’s organismal development in zero gravity? Last time I checked squids don’t do so well outside of the ocean, right?
Well – I would think the answer is plain enough. THE SQUID ARE MOVING ON TO THE STARS! I mean, don’t the classic “rocketships” from the early 20th century look an awful lot like squids?!?!? Obviously, they (and their human
minions conspirators) have been paving the way for their extraterrestrial colonization for years – and now they’re enacting their tentacular plan.
My only guess is that sometime in the future – weeks, years, millennia (time may be meaningless to space-squids) – they will return. And what will they want? What is their ultimate squiddish plan?
Well, do you think it’s an accident that this week’s experiment is about assimilation?!!?!?
WATCH THE SKIES!!