I’m running late this morning, but I’m here! It has been observed that, for a cartoon site, I spend a lot of time on things related to space exploration and the cosmos. I have to admit that this is true. I thought about it, and it didn’t take long to come up with the explanation. I am old enough to have been a very precocious and impressionable little boy during the entire run of the Mercury space program, when seven pioneering astronauts were launched, one at a time, into space in a tiny capsule. If you’ve ever seen a Mercury capsule in a museum, the thought of being sealed up in that thing in the vacuum of space will make your skin crawl. It didn’t take much imagination to appreciate what those guys were willing to do. I guess I never lost that appreciation, nor the fascination with science reality.