Tom Cruise in orbit: Why it makes sense for NASA to launch Scientology's space cadet - 2020-05-07
What a welcome distraction it was yesterday as news spread that NASA, Elon Musk, and Tom Cruise were in talks to launch the Mission Impossible actor to the International Space Station in order to film scenes for an as yet unplotted movie.
Tom Cruise in space! Well, that would certainly be a career-topper for Hollywood's greatest action hero, wouldn't it? We don't know how serious those talks are, or whether, in a time that governments are trying defeat a lethal pandemic and stave off a depression, launching actors into orbit is the best use of our resources right now, but what the hell. Tom Cruise in space!
Of course, we started getting questions right away about the Scientology connection. What would it mean that Scientology's most famous figure would shoot a movie on the space station, like something L. Ron Hubbard would have written for the pulps?