May 31, 2020

Astronomy Video of the Week: Happy Towel Day from the ISS

Image credit: NASA

Don’t panic… the good crew of the International Space Station have got you covered on this Towel Day 2015. Today is not only the variable holiday of Memorial Day in the United States, but it is also Towel Day, marking author Douglas Adams’ landmark work that started it all, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. As all fans know, if you know where your towel is, you’ll be able to face down whatever the universe can throw at you… on this, or any day. European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Christoforetti even managed to stay on the international Space Station just long enough to mark the occasion:

Christoforetti will be returning to a Mostly Harmless planet Earth on June 11th, 2015, after which she will have set the record for the longest stay in space for a female astronaut at 200 days in space, breaking Sunita Williams’ 2007 record of 195 days. Christoforetti is also a member of ISS Expedition 42, which all Hitchhiker’s fans know is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything. Follow her orbital adventures as @AstroSamantha on Twitter.

Alas, Mr. Adams was taken from us far too young, at age 49 on May 11th 2001. Everything Adams wrote was polished to perfection, with an original wry wit that was the envy of many a writer. Heck, our very first test posting on this very blog marking our journey into the wacky world of content creation was a brief review of Hitchhiker’s Guide waaaaay back in May 2007. And for our money, adaptations of the series have never quite done the author’s original vision justice, although we enjoyed both the 2005 big screen and the BCC television versions.

Happy Towel Day!

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