This week’s New Yorker featured an article, The Plan to Make Michigan the Next Space State, touting Michigan’s burgeoning spaceflight industry that as of yet has not gotten off the ground. As with most of today’s modern spaceflight tales, at its center lies another billionaire, at least I assume that is what Tom Baldwin is. As a purportedly rather successful commodities trader, I think that that is a fair assumption. According to the article, Mr. Baldwin owns a Lake Superior property that hosts one of the largest log cabins in the world, called Granot Loma. I guess Shangri-La was already taken. Located lakeside, northwest of Marquette, this cabin is nestled within about 5,000 acres of shorefront property. Baldwin would like to see at least part of this property used as a vertical rocket-launch site, by the Michigan Launch Initiative. Sitting north of the 45th Parallel, this site could be used to safely launch satellites out over the lake and into polar orbits.
This initiative is looking at two other locations to be part of their effort. One is located down state, but Chippawa International Airport is slated to be this operation’s command-and-control center. Are we looking at a future upgrade for this facility to spaceport? “Final boarding call at gate-one-and-only for Mars, Jupiter and all planets beyond.” In this article Baldwin even hints at his openness to collaborating with another big billionaire space enthusiast, Elon Musk.
Last night there was a partial lunar eclipse. It peaked here around 3 AM, but I didn’t see it until an hour later. So, it was significantly reduced in effect. Anne woke me up, my friendly neighborhood lunatic. She went upstairs to view it, but I went outside and into the freezing night. I think that I got the better view and when we both got into bed, I snuggled up to her, to ensure that we were both equally cold. I’ve added a photoshopped reflection in order to jazz up the shot.
I got my bloodwork’s lab results back today and I am grossly normal. Hurrah! Which is not the same as normally gross, but I’m probably that too. I had a couple of readings that were outside the normal range, but other normal readings indicated that these abnormal results were not important.
In other news, I did the grocery shopping for Thanksgiving today. The tab wasn’t all that bad. With all of the talk about inflation, especially at the grocery store, I have noticed that my bills there are higher than what they use to be, but I don’t think that I can attribute all of that to inflation. Unless we are speaking of inflated appetites. Since the pandemic, I have been spending more time and money with cooking. It has led to better eating, but also more expensive eating too. Anyway the bill for this years turkey dinner will not be as expensive as past years have been. Partly, because there will be fewer diners, but also because we already have many of the necessary ingredients.