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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2011, 02:24:03 PM »
And let's not forget that while NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would write in space the Soviets just took a pencil.

I hate this "legend"

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp
Thanks, saved me the time of posting that.
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2011, 02:50:11 PM »
And let's not forget that while NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would write in space the Soviets just took a pencil.

I hate this "legend"

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp
Thanks, saved me the time of posting that.

Gee - I thought the "NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would write in space the Soviets just took a pencil" was true.  
I mean, someone wrote it on the internet after all!   ::)

Next thing you know you're gonna expect me to believe that the Americans really landed on the moon - six times!   :D

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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2011, 03:04:49 PM »
Next thing you know you're gonna expect me to believe that the Americans really landed on the moon - six times!   :D
I sure hope Buzz Aldrin isn't reading this . . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOo6aHSY8hU
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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #19 on: April 12, 2011, 03:29:27 PM »
Next thing you know you're gonna expect me to believe that the Americans really landed on the moon - six times!   :D
I sure hope Buzz Aldrin isn't reading this . . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOo6aHSY8hU

Awesome!  Thanks for the link Tom!

Buzz was a big hero for me before seeing this.  He just went way up in my eyes.   (a fellow Tau Beta Pi member)

Awesome!!!
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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2011, 04:00:20 PM »
...Next thing you know you're gonna expect me to believe that the Americans really landed on the moon - six times!   :D

We did.
My late Dad was one of the people who worked on getting us there (and back) safely.

But I know you have to be joking about not believing that we made it there.  :-\
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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2011, 04:26:55 PM »
And let's not forget that while NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would write in space the Soviets just took a pencil.

I hate this "legend"

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp
Thanks, saved me the time of posting that.

  I would like to de-bunk something in the de-bunking of the legend on Snopes.


 It says "In addition, both the lead and the wood of the pencil could burn rapidly in the pure oxygen atmosphere."

 The atmosphere in the capsules is not pure oxygen. People can't live in pure oxygen. And, not only would the pencils burn but hair, flesh, the paper they are trying to write on, wires, fabric, etc...

 This is science as Tubercle understands it.

 
 
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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2011, 04:38:56 PM »
And let's not forget that while NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen that would write in space the Soviets just took a pencil.

I hate this "legend"

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp
Thanks, saved me the time of posting that.

  I would like to de-bunk something in the de-bunking of the legend on Snopes.


 It says "In addition, both the lead and the wood of the pencil could burn rapidly in the pure oxygen atmosphere."

 The atmosphere in the capsules is not pure oxygen. People can't live in pure oxygen. And, not only would the pencils burn but hair, flesh, the paper they are trying to write on, wires, fabric, etc...

 This is science as Tubercle understands it.

 
 

Here's a bit more science for ya:

"A series of events and circumstances lead to the fire. Perhaps the most famous is the pure oxygen atmosphere used in the capsule during the test. Why did NASA do that? The capsule was designed to use a pure O2 atmosphere while in space. Our air on Earth is a mix of nitrogen and oxygen, but this is difficult to use in space. The capsule needed to be as lightweight as possible (to save on fuel), so using a lower cabin pressure (5 pounds/square inch instead of 15 as on the surface of the Earth) means less weight, and less need for structural strength in the capsule. However, at lower pressure nitrogen can form bubbles in the blood, causing the condition known as "the bends", which can be crippling or fatal. So, at lower cabin pressure, there cannot be nitrogen in the air. Another gas could be substituted (like helium, which does not bubble in the blood) but that only works at higher pressure. The air has to have a certain amount of oxygen in it for the human body to survive, and at lower pressure that means essentially 100% of the air must be O2."

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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2011, 04:46:17 PM »
Apollo had an O2 atmosphere in the capsule until the Apollo 1 accident
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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2011, 06:36:52 PM »
Next thing you know you're gonna expect me to believe that the Americans really landed on the moon - six times!   :D
I sure hope Buzz Aldrin isn't reading this . . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOo6aHSY8hU

Awesome!  Thanks for the link Tom!

Buzz was a big hero for me before seeing this.  He just went way up in my eyes.   (a fellow Tau Beta Pi member)

Awesome!!!
;D
I'm surprised you hadn't seen that before!  Glad to be able to point it out to you, I love it.  I just wish there was better and longer video. :)
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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2011, 08:21:27 PM »
Ask and ye shall receive:

A longer look

The look on Buzz's daughter's face as she's walking away from the punch says it all... ;D
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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2011, 09:52:13 PM »
Ask and ye shall receive:

A longer look

The look on Buzz's daughter's face as she's walking away from the punch says it all... ;D
That rocks!  I'm impressed that he held out from punching the guy as long as he did, and a little disappointed that no one else punched him first.  :)  Buzz should have sued the guy for smashing his face into Buzz's fist. ;)

Thanks for the video. ;D
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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2011, 10:51:09 PM »
I'll be supporting the last two shuttle missions here down at White Sands. It's pretty much a dog and pony show in the sky but, there are going to be allot of milestones achieved at the ISS that they contribute. It will definitely be an end of an era for the U.S. God's Speed and I'm honored to be a part of the mission.

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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2011, 11:04:21 PM »
Ask and ye shall receive:

A longer look

The look on Buzz's daughter's face as she's walking away from the punch says it all... ;D
That rocks!  I'm impressed that he held out from punching the guy as long as he did, and a little disappointed that no one else punched him first.  :)  Buzz should have sued the guy for smashing his face into Buzz's fist. ;)

Thanks for the video. ;D

She walked off when the dude said "coward" like she knew what was going to happen. Buzz (81) should have popped him (the jerk) a few more times for good measure. ;D

I love it!

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Re: 50 Years Ago Today!
« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2011, 11:41:27 PM »
STS 131

One of the best videos I've seen of a shuttle launch.  Maximize at 480p, turn up the volume and watch it all the way through.  I love how the pitch of the shockwaves red-shift as the shuttle accelerates downrange. 

Brings back some great memories of being there...  My one big regret about moving to Hawaii... being 5,000 miles away from KSC.
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