In her speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, Teresa Heinz Kerry managed to work a little space imagery into her talk:
Americans believed that they could know all there is to know, build all there is to build, break down any barrier, tear down any wall. We sent men to the moon. And when that was not far enough, we sent Galileo to Jupiter, we sent Cassini to Saturn, and Hubble to touch the very edges of the universe in the very dawn of time.
Americans showed the world what can happen when people believe in amazing possibilities. And that, for me, is the spirit of America, the America you and I are working for in this election.
I suspect that will be as close as we get to any mention of space during the convention. The language didn’t go over well, though, with CNN’s Tucker Carlson, who wanted something more along the lines of the infamous “shove it” rebuke:
I wanted to hear her talk like that. Instead she went off about Jupiter and Galileo and totally lost me. I didn’t get it at all.
One other space-related convention note: we hear that the Space Foundation and the NSS organized a reception Tuesday night at Bostonís Museum of Science titled “A Salute to the Space Leaders of the Democratic Party.” (To preempt the inevitable comments, yes, there are a few, although I don’t know if any attended.) The reception was sponsored by a number of aerospace companies. A similar reception is planned next month for the Republican National Convention in New York.