I echo Hank’s frustration and his gratitude. Thank you to everyone who fought on the front lines to battle Covid-19. Thank you to those that battled in the labs and clinics to get the vaccines ready and distributed. And thank you to everyone who has taken a vaccine to protect yourselves and those around you. THANK YOU for winning this fight for all of us.

Reports and evidence of UAPs and UFOs are getting the attention of congress and the mainstream media. CBS’s 60 Minutes aired their “UAP” story tonight with interviews on the various military sightings and videos of flying objects that defy explanation. They mention that the Pentagon’s UAP Task Force is preparing a report that is due to be delivered to congress and made public in June.

Ezra Klein of The New York Times published an opinion article this week about these revelations, saying that we should destigmatize studying the phenomena and push for disclosure, even if it means more public distrust of the government after decades of denials. This follows a detailed article in The New Yorker in late April about the Pentagon taking the mystery seriously.

We deserve to know what the government knows. I suspect they don’t know what is happening and don’t want to admit it.

In a big milestone for SpaceX’s Starship development, SN15 successfully flew and safely landed its first prototype spaceship. A day later, Elon Musk has said they may try to launch the SN15 again! I think they might fly this until something breaks.

I shot this short video of Sam biking yesterday with my DJI Mini 2 quadcopter.

Music: https://www.bensound.com

The number of firsts that SpaceX achieved with this Starship SN8 test will mark this as a seminal day in the history of space flight. This is a major step towards putting humans on Mars. It was thrilling to watch this live with Charlie and Sam.

I’m very much looking forward to the continuation of this journey. Go Team Space!

Updated with this amazing 4K compilation from Everyday Astronaut

And this lovely mini documentary of the launch from Cosmic Perspective:

America is officially back in the space industry lead. SpaceX launched two American astronauts to the International Space Station this weekend from historic Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39, ending a 9-year drought for America’s ability to send humans into space. This is the Crew Demo-2 mission by SpaceX and NASA, using a new Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon 2 capsule. The Dragon successfully docked at the International Space Station on Sunday morning.

Above is a zero-g tour of the Dragon capsule, now named Endeavor, by astronauts Bob Hurley and Doug Behnken.

Dragon 2 01

DM-2 Mission Patch

This is an interesting look at how modern rockets expend their fuel and jettison their stages. Saturn V. Space Shuttle. Falcon Heavy. SLS.

Better late than never!

Deer Tick – Mayonnaise

J.S. Ondara – Tales of America

Anders Osborne – Alone

Ian Noe – Between the Country

Of Monsters and Men – Fever Dream

Brittney Howard – Jamie

The Highwomen

Yola – Walk Through Fire

Khruangbin – Hasta El Cielo

Tool – Fear Inoculum

Steve Earle & The Dukes – GUY

Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender

Tyler Childers – Country Squire

The DeToffol’s are sheltered at home in Minnesota and plan to stay isolated for the foreseeable future. We are very privileged in that we are currently healthy, are able to shelter in our wonderful home in a safe community, and that I am able to continue to work from home.

This detailed and well-sourced article makes the case that we need to hammer coronavirus with isolation and extensive testing to buy ourselves time. Each of us has a major role to play. We need to stay home.

Coronavirus and Covid-19 information sites:

Comic courtesy of XKCD

We got the Simmons SD600 electronic drum kit for Christmas and it has been a lot of fun. I’ve been watching a bunch of drumming videos and this isolated footage of Danny Carey playing on “Pneuma” is my current favorite. Danny is a true master, who obviously loves his art. And this is a great song.