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Former big leaguer Jose Canseco waxes poetic about comet landing

  • The combination photo of different images  taken with the CIVA camera system  released by the European Space Agency ESA on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 shows  Rosettaâs lander Philae as it  is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko,  as  these first  CIVA images confirm. One of the landerâs three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/Esa/Rosetta/Philae)

    The combination photo of different images taken with the CIVA camera system released by the European Space Agency ESA on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 shows Rosettaâs lander Philae as it is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first CIVA images confirm. One of the landerâs three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/Esa/Rosetta/Philae)

  • OAKLAND, CA - JULY 19:  Jose Canseco #33 of the 1989 Oakland A's joins his former teammates to celebrate their World Series championship of 25 years ago against the San Francisco Giants before a game at O.co Coliseum on July 19, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND, CA - JULY 19: Jose Canseco #33 of the 1989 Oakland A's joins his former teammates to celebrate their World Series championship of 25 years ago against the San Francisco Giants before a game at O.co Coliseum on July 19, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Former big league slugger Jose Canseco has been watching the historic Rosetta comet mission very, very closely.

At least he was for four intense minutes on Thursday, during which he tweeted about the landing of a robotic device known as Philae on the rump of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a 10-year, 4-billion-mile journey, no less than six times.

Which makes one wonder how Canseco could be typing so quickly just two weeks after shooting himself in the hand while cleaning his gun

First came the gnomic, “Comet transport is the key to our survival,” followed by the intriguing, “Galactic Beings have used comets as star taxis for eons.”

Without pausing to offer any proof of that, he rifled off, “Comets are faster than anything we could ever build and have their own power solving … two problems.”

Then the familiar Canseco who wielded free agency like an axe resurfaced:

“Opens up new business like galaxy touring cruising, asteroid mining, interstellar trade and planet colonies.”

Which inexorably led to dreams of grandeur. “If Earth can control the comet transport system we will run the Milky Way. Think about that.”

But his last post nearly spoiled it all: “hug for u NASA.”

Oops. Maybe he wasn't watching that closely after all. The mission is a European Space Agency project, not NASA’s.

Just because Canseco was an All-Star, doesn’t mean he had to know anything about them.

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