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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Some (Wo)men Are Unsinkable


Godspeed, Molly Brown.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Harmony of the World

 Johannes Kepler, Harmonicus Mundi (1619):

[I]f you want the exact moment in time, it was conceived mentally on 8th March in this year one thousand six hundred and eighteen, but submitted to calculation in an unlucky way, and therefore rejected as false, and finally returning on the 15th of May and adopting a new line of attack, stormed the darkness of my mind. So strong was the support from the combination of my labour of seventeen years on the observations of Brahe and the present study, which conspired together, that at first I believed I was dreaming, and assuming my conclusion among my basic premises.

He kinda sorta copped to his error, yet Kepler bragged:

Now, eighteen months after the first light, three months after the true day, but a very few days after the pure Sun of that most wonderful study began to shine, nothing restrains me; it is my pleasure to taunt mortal men with the candid acknowledgment that I am stealing the golden vessels of the Egyptians to build a tabernacle to my God from them, far, far away from the boundaries of Egypt. If you forgive me, I shall rejoice; if you are enraged with me, I shall bear it. See, I cast the die, and I write the book. Whether it is to be read by the people of the present or of the future makes no difference: let it await its reader for a hundred years, if God Himself has stood ready for six thousand years for one to study Him.

It takes a bit of ego to try understand the Book of Creation...

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Cosmonaut Sean Spicer

I applaud the WH's dedication to keeping everything short and simple.  I'm very excited to hear how they will improve on the Space Shuttle to get America back into orbit without relying on Russians.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Descent Into Hell

March 7, 1986, some grim NASA news:

The water was murky, swirling from surface winds, keeping divers Terry Bailey and Mike McAllister from seeing more than an arm’s reach in front of them. They had been diving for days, recovering Challenger’s debris, and, now, on this dive, they had only six minutes left in their tanks.

They were about 100 feet down, moving across the seafloor, when they almost bumped into what at first appeared to be a tangle of wire and metal. Nothing that unusual, nothing they hadn’t seen on many dives before.

Then, they saw it. A spacesuit, full of air, legs floating toward the surface. There’s someone in it, Terry Bailey thought.

No, that’s not right, he admonished himself. Shuttle astronauts do not wear pressurized spacesuits during powered flight. They wear jumpsuits. They carry along two pressure suits if they should be needed for a repair spacewalk.

He turned to his partner, Mike McAllister. They just looked at each other and thought, “Jackpot.” This is what we’ve been looking for. The crew cabin.

Low on air, the two divers made a quick inspection, marked the location with a buoy and returned to their boat to report the find.

Early the next morning, the USS Preserver recovery ship put to sea. The divers began their grim task of recovering the slashed and twisted remains of Challenger’s crew cabin and the remains of its seven occupants.

Are our tremors to measure the Omnipotence?

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Occupants In The Capsule


Astrounauts would be a redundant component...

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Human Spaceflight Requires Skilled Humans

Space tourists are gonna be hard pressed to fix things when they go to shit like during Gemini VIII, Gemini XII, Apollo 13, etc...

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Sunday, February 05, 2017

Apollo XIV


Fat as a goose!

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Apollo XV

The Green Hills Of Earth:

The arching sky is calling
   Spacemen back to their trade.
All hands! Stand by! Free falling!
   And the lights below us fade.
Out ride the sons of Terra,
   Far drives the thundering jet,
Up leaps the race of Earthmen
   Out, far, and onward yet —

Rhysling, Blind Singer of the Spaceways.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Last Man On The Moon

Godspeed the Commander of Apollo 17. Maybe someday we will return...like, before his LMP and all the Apollo vets die off.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

It is man's destiny to dream the impossible, to dare the impossible, and to do the impossible.

Only Nixon could give us a space jalopy so China could go to the moon:

It was Christmas in January, for whereas Fletcher and Low had come in hoping for approval of the downsized version that they really did not want, [OMB director George] Shultz now was ready to recommend that they receive the full-size version that had not been in play for over a month...The decision to proceed with the Shuttle became firm during the meeting in Shultz's office, with Shultz confirming his assent to NASA's request for $200 million as startup funds for the Shuttle within Nixon's FY 1973 budget.
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As recently as November, Flanigan had anticipated that any White House announcement would be low-key. At that time, with the $3 billion glider as the likely new initiative, Flanigan expected to see the main coverage limited to the aerospace trade press, thereby reassuring this industry of Nixon's support while avoiding the high visibility that would draw fire from critics. The Shuttle, however, had metamorphosed now into a $5.5 billion program. As early as the previous Friday, prior to the meeting in Shultz's office, a White House staffer had already laid out the high-profile announcement that now was scheduled for Wednesday, January 5.

Fletcher and Low flew out to California, editing two NASA statements along the way. Nixon greeted them at the Western White House, as did John Ehrlichman. Though the President had planned to spend only 15 minutes with his visitors, the meeting ran well beyond a half-hour as he showed strong interest in the Shuttle and the space program. Fletcher had brought a model of a [Thrust Augmented Orbiter System], and Ehrlichman would remember "Nixon's fascination with the model. And he held it and, in fact, I wasn't sure that Fletcher was going to be able to get it away from him when the thing was over."

Nixon stated that NASA should stress civilian applications but should not hesitate to note the military uses as well. He showed interest in the possibility of routine operations and quick reaction times, for he saw that these could allow the Shuttle to help in disasters such as earthquakes or floods. He also liked the idea of using the Shuttle to dispose of nuclear waste by launching it into space. Fletcher mentioned that it might become possible to collect solar power in orbit and beam it to earth in the form of electricity. Nixon replied that such developments tend to happen much more quickly than people expect, and that they should not hesitate to talk about them.

He liked the fact that ordinary people would be able to fly in the Shuttle, who would not be highly-trained astronauts. He asked if the Shuttle was a good investment, and agreed that it was indeed, for it promised a tenfold reduction in the cost of space flight. He added that even if it was not a good investment, the nation would have to do it anyway, because space flight was here to stay.

Nixon's announcement on January 5, 1972:

I have decided today that the United States should proceed at once with the development of an entirely new type of space transportation system designed to help transform the space frontier of the 1970s into familiar territory, easily accessible for human endeavor in the 1980s and '90s.

This system will center on a space vehicle that can shuttle repeatedly from earth to orbit and back. It will revolutionize transportation into near space, by routinizing it. It will take the astronomical costs out of astronautics. In short, it will go a long way toward delivering the rich benefits of practical space utilization and the valuable spinoffs from space efforts into the daily lives of Americans and all people.

The new year 1972 is a year of conclusion for America's current series of manned flights to the moon. Much is expected of the two remaining Apollo missions--in fact, their scientific results should exceed the return from all the earlier flights together. Thus they will place a fitting capstone on this vastly successful undertaking. But they also bring us to an important decision point--a point of assessing what our space horizons are as Apollo ends, and of determining where we go from here.

Nice idea, but it kinda took our eyes off the horizon:

"This may be the last time in this century that men will walk on the Moon," President Nixon declared after [Harrison "Jack"] Schmitt and Eugene Cernan rocketed off the lunar surface on Dec. 14, 1972.

Schmitt has never forgiven Nixon for that remark and says he never will.

"Whether it was true or not, it was an inappropriate statement for the president to make," he said.

What's worse, it's [proven] to be true. 

Only Donald Trump could gut NASA's terran research so we could explore deep space...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Trump Will Get Us Back To The Moon


Think of all the savings from not studying climate change on this Blue Marble...you've screwed one Earth, you've screwed 'em all!

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

And All The Seven Are In O[r]bit


Godspeed, John Glenn, last of the first.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

You seen one Selenite, you seen them all.


It's just like daylight here at the Kennedy Space Center as the Saturn V is moving off the pad...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chimp #81


Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord...

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Every Astronaut Poops

NASA wants a better space suit to crap in.  What's wrong with the traditional system of getting naked with lots of tissues?

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Give us a reading on the 1202


As you can see, there are no chicks landing on the Moon.

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November 25, 2016 in Mars, Bitches!, Soaking In Patriarchy | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Patriarchy In Space

Just catching up on this week's news:

President Obama awarded his last Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest US honor given to a civilian — in a packed ceremony on Tuesday, according to The New York Times. Margaret Hamilton, the woman behind the onboard flight software for NASA Apollo lunar modules and command modules, was among the 21 recipients.

Hamilton, who invented the term “software engineer,” began her career as a computer programmer at MIT in the 1960s. In August 1961, NASA issued a contract to MIT to design the spacecraft’s guidance and navigational system. Hamilton presided over the in-flight software group, which included overseeing the alarm system that would give a warning when the computer was overloaded, but at the same time allowed it to switch its focus to critical tasks and stop doing non-critical tasks.

This alarm system proved to be crucial in the moments leading up to Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong’s Moon landing when it rang due to a faulty radar. But it allowed Aldrin and Armstrong to continue with the landing as the computer informed the crew that it was shedding its less-important functions to focus on steering the engine during the spacecraft’s descent.

During the award ceremony, Obama said Hamilton represents “that generation of unsung women who helped send humankind into space.”

Unsung is an understatement.  In popular culture and history about the Apollo program, women are relegated to the Wives, some nurses...men are the heroes.  And I admit I didn't even realize that until recently.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Three More Like Before


"Try SCE to aux..."

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Monday, October 31, 2016

To Go Where Lots Of People Have Floated Before


Near-earth orbiting is a little dull these days, but amazing that we've been maintaining constant presence on the edge of space for 16 Halloweens (give or take).

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Friday, October 14, 2016

A Lousy Commercial For Actifed


Apollo finally goes live with some crabby astronauts.

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