Thursday, 21 September 2006

I try to keep informed, so one of the first things I did with my Crackberry was set up an RSS reader. I removed it a couple days later because it was just too much available all at once. Before my digital retreat, I happened across an interesting story stemming from the latest shuttle mission.

It seems that one of the astronauts let a couple bolts escape while they were performing a few repairs: Spacewalkers Lose the Darndest Things

The article goes on to say that NASA and the Air Force track objects larger than about 4 inches. Four. Inches. This are items whipping around at 15000 MPH some 1200+ miles away. They can track stuff that is smaller, but at 90000 pieces, it’s just too much.

The funniest part, to me at least, is when they talk about SpatSat. While I’m sure it’s just an ordinary tool, I can’t help but wonder what they’re doing with a spatula in outer space — and if pancakes are still light and fluffy at zero-g.

Holy Crap! NASA even has a newsletter about this stuff!

[AP article found via CNN]

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