When my kids were growing up I suggested to them that sometimes, when something quite surprising is asserted, it's a good idea to pause & say ... do we believe this?
I know it's awfully unfestive to be so skeptical: but when I see multi-media coverage of Rhiannon Adam's story that she's going to the moon next year, courtesy of Elon Musk and, errr, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa who'd like her to have a ticket ... well, I feel we may be deep into do-we-believe-this? territory.
Mission chiefs said Ms Adam, from Ireland, will be the first openly queer woman to go to space ... She added: “I spend a lot of my life working with a lot of remote communities and it felt like a natural thing to do, to apply to go to space and explore the most remote community ever, which would be us in space.”
I'd so like to be proven wrong on this. Call me a cynic, but I can't help feeling the lady will get another call in a few months. Hi Rhiannon? It's Yusaka! No no, it's not about your space-flight training, that'll be a bit nearer the day. No, not the medical check-up either - you don't need one! No, what I wanted to do was help you get started on your crowdfunding. What's that? Yes, you know, crowdfunding! It's easy! Listen, you're bound to know any number of suckers. Well, I mean, surely you have a lot of, errr, like-minded friends ..?
Perhaps in our 2023 Predictions compo we should include a binary yes/no item on this one.