Hey you, Ground Controls and Major Toms orbiting out there! If you're a space aficionado or know someone who'd like to blast into the cosmos, it's time to take your protein pills. Here's the definitive go/no-go holiday gift list.
From the Earth to the Moon - The Signature Edition: This is one of my favourite TV series of all time. It's well scripted, acted, filmed and directed, to the point in which you will get glassy eyes at some of the most dramatic and epic moments. My favourite is still the episode in which Apollo 12 arrives at the Moon, perhaps the most anti-climactic moment in the history of space travel. Even if you watched this on TV, each of the 12 episodes are a must to fully understand the titanic scope, knowledge and courage that took humans into their trip from the Earth to the Moon. Prices vary from retailer to retailer.
Lego Saturn V: This one is a given: Saturn V + command module + lunar module + lunar rover + Lego = insane win. I wish it was as big as the gigantic Millennium Falcon, but it's good enough as it is. Everyone will like the set, and it's a perfect way to celebrate the 40 Anniversary of humankind's first trip to the Moon. $US139 [Amazon]
Moonfire: At $US1500, this is one very expensive book. But it has a real lunar rock inside. Not all of them, however: Only 12 of its limited-edition 1969 (numbered from 1958 to 1968). And the moon rock is not from the Apollo mission, but from a certified meteor. Alternatively, you can always buy the beautiful - and a lot cheaper at $US31 - Full Moon. $US1500 [Taschen]
Trip to the Kennedy Space Center to watch a shuttle launch: Going to the Kennedy Space centre is always fun. Going to see a launch and feel the ground tremble below your feet while the sky fires up in Halloween orange and chimney red? Simply amazing. Going to watch one of the last shuttle launches next year? An absolute must. If you give this trip to any space aficionado out there, he or she will love you forever. $US38 adult/$US28 child for the admission ticket, add $US21 adult/$US15 child for guided tour, plus cost of flight and hotel. [Kennedy Space Center]
NASA Flight Jacket: The other day I got a real USAF fighter pilot jacket at a second hand shop. I wish I had that for a perfectly dorky Tom Cruise impression at the Dubai Air Show. This NASA Flight Jacket is the next best thing. Kind of. And it comes with all the patches. You only have to provide the Right Stuff. $US79.99 [The Space Shop]
IMPOSSIBLE Ride in the Space Shuttle: Even if you had all the money in the world, NASA would never let you ride the shuttle. A Soyuz spacecraft, sure, but no space shuttle. Nosir, no big bang for you on top of this Reagan era wonder. You will have to enjoy this video and get over it, because sadly it wouldn't happen even if you were Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and JesusChrist all rolled into one. Priceless. [NASA]
DON'T BUY Astronaut ice cream: This thing is disgusting. I want to like it every time I try it, but it has the most horrible taste. Die space ice cream, die! Give me Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie any day. $US4 [The Space Shop]
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