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Aspiring Astronaut Gideon Gidori Invents a New Holiday: Star Day (Video) 46

Posted by Roblimo
from the it's-easier-to-make-a-wish-than-to-make-it-come-true dept.
Gideon wants to be an astronaut. You could even describe him as "space-obsessed." He wants to be the first astronaut from Tanzania. The only African to make it into space so far is Mark Shuttleworth, who is from South Africa. Can Gideon talk Elon Musk into launching from Tanzania, which is directly on the equator? How about bringing in other space buffs and entrepreneurs? Don't think this is a silly idea. Gideon is only 14, but he's a straight-A student at the Florida Air Academy, and before that was one of the top students at Shepherds Junior School in Arusha, which Mama Lucy Kamptoni originally financed by raising and selling chickens. Gideon's scholarships to Shepherds and later to Florida Air Academy have been financed in part by EpicChange.org, which is also helping him spread the word about Star Day (tomorrow; June 7), the holiday Gideon created, which is being celebrated all over the world even in this, its first year of existence. You can celebrate it, too. All you have to do, weather permitting, is sleep outdoors under the stars, and maybe make a wish or two. After all, wishing (and a lot of studying and hard work) have helped Gideon get to where he is today, and may yet help him become Tanzania's first astronaut.

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Aspiring Astronaut Gideon Gidori Invents a New Holiday: Star Day (Video)

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  • Nope. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by gfxguy (98788) on Friday June 06, 2014 @04:53PM (#47183429)
    Too many bugs.
  • every day needs a DAY.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Once per earth year? You earthlings think your star and planet are superior to everyone else's....

    • by arth1 (260657)

      Once per earth year? You earthlings think your star and planet are superior to everyone else's....

      Yeah. Let's go to Kashyyyk and celebrate Life Day.
      Same thing, really. But without Boba Fett.

  • by msauve (701917)
    Did Hallmark have a hand in this? Do I have to send cards to all the stars? They're going to make a fortune!
  • Probably isn't going to happen. I won't say never, but the only time I could ever see SpaceX constructing a launch site that's outside of US territory is if they've both saturated the launch capacity of their American launch sites, and are also unable to secure the rights to any additional ones in the US with affordable deals.

    Yes, I'm aware that SpaceX has a defunct launch pad in the Republic of the Marshall Islands on Omelek Island, but that's leased by the US military, so it's effectively US territory.

  • "You might know me by another name... Star Day"

    Never mind...

  • before making such a silly suggestion?

    • by Roblimo (357)

      You mean a launch position on the Equator with a large ocean to the East? In a low-cost country with good port facilities and airports? That *is* kind of silly

      • by Nutria (679911)

        with a large ocean to the East?

        Yes, it is silly.

        Why? The US (where SpaceX "lives") is in the... West. On the other side of Africa.

        Tanzania (better yet, Kenya, and even better: Northern Australia -- Darwin, for example) would be a good place for an eastern hemisphere country -- China or Japan -- to launch their rockets.

  • he deserves it. good kid.
    • by Nutria (679911)

      Why does he deserve it? Just because he's "good"?

      • Why does he deserve it? Just because he's "good"?

        Good point.

        A person without a dream is a tragedy unfolding.

        • by Nutria (679911)

          A person without a dream is a tragedy unfolding.

          If that's what you think a tragedy is, then you've lived a waaaaaay too sheltered life.

          A person without a dream is mundane.

          But hell, maybe mundane people just have mundane dreams. If a guy is feeding his family and keeping a roof over their heads, then I see nothing wrong with his highest dream being to buy a little old house in an older suburb.

  • That would make Tanzania a good place to build a skyhook/orbital tower

  • At what point exactly does the equator run through Tanzania?
    Last time i was in East Africa it ran through Nanyuki, Kenya - many miles north of TZ.

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