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Russian rocket DITCHES two satellites after booster bungle

by alan
Published on: August 7, 2012
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Categories: Space, The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/07/russian_rocket_fails_to_reach_orbit/

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Mars rover Curiosity’s descent

by alan
Published on: August 7, 2012
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Categories: CNN, Space, Stories / From the Headlines

http://goo.gl/P3QnV

 

Seven minutes to landing.  We won’t know for another seven minutes says the guy from NASA.

Me.  I’m not from NASA.  I’m blogging from inside the command module.

Things are a bit different from me.  I’ve been watching my journey by using WiFi to connect to the hot spot left on the moon from a previous mission and I’ve got NASA’s web site pulled up on my browser and am enjoying the show.

So NASA is gonna lose contact.  So what.

Seven minutes to go and I put the laptop into hibernate mode so I can save the batteries.  May come in handy.  You never know.

So I re-orientate myself to enjoy the drift onto the planet surface.

I’ve got the futon pulled out and am relaxed onto it.

I pull out a box of Ding Dong’s and a half gallon of Pepsi and prepare to enjoy the ride.

A light goes off.  Damn.  I knew it.

I look around at the fancy knobs and such.  All labeled in Chinese.

You’d think this bucket of bolts was made in America.  But it wasn’t.  It was outsourced to the Canadian’s who bought all of the parts on the black market.  And they was labeled in Chinese.  Go Figure.

So Yea, what else is new, I’m looking at the pretty lights flashing and trying to read the Chinese so I can see what it’s saying.

I think about picking up the laptop and going to Google Translate so I can get a leg up on what’s going on but something tells me that I really, really don’t want to know after all.

So I do what anyone would do.

I go over to that little thing on the wall, and I, break the glass.

Oops.  That little thing on the wall actually doesn’t have in case of emergency break glass written on it.  In Chinese or any other language.

It’s actually a window.  My Bad.

So what the heck.  I stick my head out the window to see what’s going on.

One of the cables from that top hat doohickey thingamabob has gotten tangled up and it’s coming in crocked.  Much like this story.

So I did what I had to do.  There’s a reason I won the gold medal in the Olympics and I’m about to tell you why.

So I grab my pistolrifleshotgun and I load it up with 30 odd buckshot shells that only I can use and blast away.

Sure it only took one shot.  But that’s because I’m me and not you.

If it was you – you’d still be trying to figure out what 30 odd buckshot really is which is a luxury of time that I simply did not have.  So if you would have been there the mission would have been a complete waste of ten years of everyone’s time.  That’s why I had to go on the mission while saps like you just read about it in the paper.

So there I was.  Looking out the window and the top hat doohickey thingamabob was finally free to fly away like it was supposed to.  And that’s what it did.

I checked the air speed indicator and we was coming in hot.  Probably because the wires had gotten tangled.  No not the wires for this stupid story but the cables that held the top hat doohickey thingamabob to the command module which is where I was.

So coming in hot and all and not having much time to do anything about it I did the only thing I could do.

I grabbed the futon and jumped.

And on the way to the surface of Mars I managed to get the futon between myself and the red that was hurtling up at me at great speeds.

And the futon did hit the surface and me next.

Then I did my famous dismount that I used in the Olympics to win the gold for the pummel horse and I stuck the landing.

Then I gauged about where the futon was in direct correlation with the command module and then I kicked the futon so it was in perfecto position.

And then the command module did come to rest on top of the futon and was therefore unscathed.

At least that’s how i remember it and all.

NASA Sends First Images of Rover on Mars (b)

by alan
Published on: August 6, 2012
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Categories: Music, Space, The New York Times

http://goo.gl/JnRvz

http://youtu.be/fXAcNM_vCg0

Nasa’s Curiosity rover on course for Mars landing

by alan
Published on: August 3, 2012
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Categories: BBC, Space

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19107577

Have no fear.  If anything goes wrong I’m actually blogging from inside the command module and I’m ready to take over at a moments notice and bring this baby in for a perfect three point landing.

Russia slashes space station ship trip to just six hours (2)

by alan
Published on: August 2, 2012
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Categories: cnet, Space, The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/02/progress_faster_docking/

 

Court to TSA: Hey, what about your nude scanners?

 

Apollo Moon flags still standing, images show

by alan
Published on: July 30, 2012
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Categories: BBC, Space

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19050795

Boffins: VAMPIRE stars are PREYING on their companions

by alan
Published on: July 29, 2012
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Categories: Space, The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/29/vampire_stars_more_common/

Net-casting spider hunt filmed in wild (2)

by alan
Published on: July 29, 2012
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Categories: Animals, BBC, Space

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/18990161

 

Saturn moon Iapetus’ huge landslides stir intrigue

Immigrant backgrounds not checked at some U.S. flight schools (2 Videos)

by alan
Published on: July 18, 2012
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Categories: CBS News, Space

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7415366n

 

Hubble telescope spots oldest galaxy yet

 

Soyuz docks with space station, boosts crew back to six (4)

by alan
Published on: July 17, 2012
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Categories: cnet, Computerworld / IT World / IDG, Space, The Register

http://goo.gl/gyqVD

 

Quasars and supernovae and huge mirrors, oh my

 

Raspberry Pi used as flight computer aboard black-sky balloon

 

But how was the color toner?

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