NASA concept art, 1978: “Two proposed solar polar spacecraft, nested atop the Space Shuttle’s Solid Spinning Upper Stage, begin a voyage to the Sun’s polar regions by way of Jupiter. The spacecraft, one designed and built by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the second by the European Space Agency, would be launched in 1983. Jet Propulsion Laboratory would have management responsibility for the U.S. spacecraft and would be control center for the mission.” (via)
Sure, this is silly linkbait, but there’s a whole lot of food for thought here. Especially the one guy who threatened to call the cops. What did he think the crime was? It underscores the fact that people (myself included) rarely give any thought to the amount of data a stranger could accumulate about you - by doing nothing illegal or even sneaky - because YOU put that data out there in the first place. I think this has not yet come back to bite people in the ass in a large scale or in a high profile way, so it persists. And maybe that threshold will never be reached. But it’s a huge societal paradigm shift we rarely give a moment’s thought to.