Captain’s log: Stardate 201710.5. Today I made arrangements for my name (and the names of my friends and Star Trek people I know) to go to Mars next year, courtesy of NASA. Attached is my boarding pass so my name can boldly go where no man has gone before. Also attached is a very recent photo of me with my new beard and a NASA polo shirt. So far both women and men seem to like my beard, and I’ve decided to keep the grey hair. Live long and prosper.