“Worms in space serve no purpose”

The title of this piece comes from an article on the launching of an Iranian rocket yesterday. It’s a direct quote from a scientist, who had been asked to comment on the fact that they sent earthworms and turtles into space.

Anyway, I was thinking about it just now, as I was watching South African director Neill Blomkamp addressing a TED conference on the subject of what life might look like in outer space, and what the future might hold for mankind. If, like me, you can’t sleep tonight, I’d highly recommend it. It may give you freaky dreams, but it’s interesting stuff.

And, yeah, in the whole cosmic scheme of things, I do kind of think that we’re just earthworms who happen to be in way over our heads.

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  1. Fred
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    It makes me wonder if maybe this unusual formation we found in space the other day might be related.


    Intergalactic worms floating across the universe, changing all the matter thye come in contact with into energy. (Kind of like cosmic composting.)

  2. Alice
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    There’s video of the Iranian scientist rounding up “space turtles”


  3. Elf
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    My mind has been blown. Twice.

  4. A2C2
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I didn’t like District 9, but this is pretty incredible.

  5. Lacy
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I think its incredible how this manages to conceive of our time as the most critical moment, not only in human history, but perhaps in the history of the entire universe.

    We really got to get over ourselves.

  6. Karl
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea that a lot of other beings on other worlds got to the point where we are now and just fucked it up.

  7. Brackinald Achery
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Man, some people sure do like to make shit up and believe it.

  8. Posted February 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I like the turtle guy better than flying robot spoors.

  9. Walt Thorsson
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Wow. That had almost as much actual science in it as the creation museum!

  10. Posted February 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    The difference is, I think he’d readily confess to not being a scientist.

    Still, your point is valid. It’s more fiction than science. Still interesting, though.

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