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April 2, 2013 by tonyberkman

The Monkey Bellhop


Today’s question comes from Ava Pike, from Sweet Potato Township, South Carolina. Ava asks, “Is space still the final frontier?”

Ava, there seem to be so many frontiers these days, it’s hard to know for sure whether or not space is still the last one. Perhaps William Shatner’s authoritative voiceover, in which he stated, “Space. The final frontier,” at the beginning of Star Trek’s first episode in 1966 is still true 47 years later. And yet, we’ve made great strides since the days the Starship Enterprise first took flight, when an illegal alien such as Scotty, was relegated to the boiler room and paid not with money, but with brief, two to three minute periods throughout the day in which he was granted permission to complain bitterly about one thing or another.

Since 1966, astronomers have discovered black holes, new planets and other galaxies, NASA scientists and engineers sent a…

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