Well, it’s official.
Peggy Annette Whitson has returned from space. With her accumulated time in space she has accomplished the world record for a single person to obtain the most time in such an environment.
They came home yesterday.
I think the thing I like the most about this little bit of snarky propaganda is that it is suddenly being promoted as only 665 days in space rather than the original 666 which she was previously so proud to obtain.
The updated media coverage reads as follows.
Whitson is expected to spend around 290 days on orbit before returning aboard Soyuz MS-04. Whitson returned to earth on September 3, 2017 after she accrued a total of 665 days in space over the course of her career. Her Soyuz capsule landed in Kazakhstan shortly after sunrise Sunday — Saturday night back in the U.S.
So then, what happened to that one day? Let’s take a look, shall we…
I’m sorry… but that is a total load of crap. She actually did spend 666 days and the media is just padding it with fluff. The final tally came to a total of 665 days, 22 hours, and 22 minutes. You are literally an hour and a half shy of a full day. The woman spent 666 days in space regardless if they want to admit that or not.
Now, I have my personal reasons for thinking it is all a load of crap to begin with… some of which I have rambled on about in the science section of this site, if you wanted to take a look.
Regardless of my personal view point… only being one and a half hours shy is still a full day in my book. When someone ask you, “what did you do today“… they aren’t talking about the full 24 hours, but rather the bulk of that time. The woman spent 666 days in a studio and that’s all there is to it. Whether or not one can consider this satanic number of a man to be spent is space or fake space is beside the point. What matters here is that NASA could have extended her trip by one day. Or they could have reduced her trip by one day. But they didn’t.
The reason for that is simple. But, rather than ramble even further… you can go read this blog post I wrote a few weeks ago to get a taste for why I think this type of thing is no coincidence with companies like NASA in particular.
NASA has proven time and time again that they are ritualistic in nature… and yesterday’s proudly achieved nonsense is just one more wonderful example of such hoop-la.