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NASA Puts the Earth Up For Adoption (cnn.com) 60

An anonymous reader shares a report: Wondering how to show that special planet some affection this Earth Day? Adopt it. NASA has sectioned off 64,000 individual pieces of Earth to be "adopted" by supporters on their website. The pieces are about 55 miles wide and assigned randomly. Similar to adopting a highway or naming a star, participants do not get legal or property rights to their section. So whether you get the 55-mile section that contains the Taj Mahal or the one that is square in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you benefit the same.
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NASA Puts the Earth Up For Adoption

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  • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

    I picked Area 51, but some strange people in suits came to my door, smashed my laptop, and demanded I give them the area.

  • by ZiakII ( 829432 ) on Monday April 10, 2017 @04:49PM (#54209869)
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I'm going to put an air conditioning unit in my section, and vent the exhaust into the next section over to do my part to combat global warming. I can only hope everyone else will do the same; collectively we could make a difference.
  • When NASA was so busy trying to fly to the moon that it had no time for such nonsense.
    • When NASA was so busy trying to fly to the moon that it had no time for such nonsense.

      If you believe the mainstream media.

      • When NASA was so busy trying to fly to the moon that it had no time for such nonsense.

        If you believe the mainstream media.

        Are you implying that they didn't fly to the moon, or that they did have time for such nonsense?

    • by TWX ( 665546 )

      Yeah, when the federal government was spending more than 4% of its budget on the Apollo program.

      Come to think of it, I wouldn't mind some military money being shifted to NASA. There's no sense in firing a several million dollar missile to take out a $200 quadcopter. Make the military figure out how to economically deal with those real yet inexpenive threats.

    • NASA has always had time for such nonsense. The only difference is now they have an internet site which allows the public to get in on the nonsense.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 10, 2017 @04:59PM (#54209925)

    Once the adoptions fill up, they will be reassigned to allow everyone the opportunity to celebrate their own little corner of the Earth.

    Just hope that your randomly assigned slot isn't double-booked with a NASA employee or else you could end up being beaten up and forcibly removed from the Earth.

  • Oh, cool! I can't wait to see if I got something neat!
    Oh, yeah. Ocean.

    • Wondering how to show some affection towards NASA? Adopt it. I have sectioned off 64,000 individual pieces of NASA to be "adopted" by supporters on slashdot. The pieces are assigned randomly. Similar to adopting a highway or naming a star, participants do not get legal or property rights to their section. So whether you get launch pad 39b or some marshy shoreline, you benefit the same.

      What a crock of sh*t.

      • Forget NASA we need a public share offering from SpaceX then we can really own a piece of a space program that looks like it is actually going somewhere.
        • The Chinese would immediately swoop in and buy a 51% share. Within a year a chinese company would be offering re-usable boosters for less.

  • ...Got a piece of Russia, thanks Nasa! _ . _

  • Considering the fact that two thirds of the earth is covered in water, you have an excellent chance of adopting a bunch of ocean!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Who would have thought that the stupidest thing I've read all day would be from NASA. Assigning someone a patch of earth that will get reassigned based on demand that a person can't do anything with and is probably geographically distant and thus can provide no benefit to. Don't you guys have some rocket ships to build or something right now?

  • So NASA is looking for things to do around the place? How about grab a broom?
  • by laie_techie ( 883464 ) on Monday April 10, 2017 @06:12PM (#54210329)

    When you adopt a section of highway you are expected to pick up litter. Are we expected to clean up the section of Gaia we adopt?

    What right does NASA have to adopt out sections of Gaia?

  • Because I'm sure no one else will want it.
  • When I read the title I thought NASA was advertising Earth for adoption by aliens, after it had been neglected by its native inhabitants. That actually makes more sense :-P

  • I, for one, welcome our new adoptive parent overlords
  • Can we put NASA up for adoption?

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