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(Mother Nature Network)   Now that it no longer works, the International Space Station's first treadmill is going to be: A) enshrined in the Smithsonian B) put on display in Moscow's Red Square C) jettisoned into space   (mnn.com) divider line 110
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2013-06-13 07:49:02 AM
Yes, but it will be done majestically while The Blue Danube is played.
 
2013-06-13 07:58:51 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo!!!!

*RTFAs*

Oh

*whew*

For a moment, I thought the C.O.L.B.E.R.T. was the first treadmill on the ISS, and was expecting there to be hell to pay. Nevermind. Crisis averted.

So, uh, does anyone even make any non-crew-rated resupply vehicles that survive reentry? Because, if not, I'm not sure what else anyone would expect them to do. Space is kind of at a premium on the ISS and you don't want to add clutter by tossing it into orbit.

It knew what it was getting into when it launched up there. I say let it burn. ;)
 
2013-06-13 08:04:02 AM
Bit I did walk 5 trillion miles
And I would walk 5 trillion more
 
2013-06-13 08:47:05 AM
You might say that the treadmill is being...*sunglasses*...exorcised.
 
2013-06-13 09:07:21 AM
What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.
 
2013-06-13 09:10:48 AM

scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.


We spend all this money on Voyager and the first thing the aliens find is going to be a treadmill.  And they are going to spend centuries trying to puzzle out what the hell this thing is and why we would send it to them.
 
2013-06-13 09:13:41 AM

EvilEgg: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

We spend all this money on Voyager and the first thing the aliens find is going to be a treadmill.  And they are going to spend centuries trying to puzzle out what the hell this thing is and why we would send it to them.


Good. It'll delay the inevitable invasion after they reach the 2000's block of TV with all the reality show crap.
 
2013-06-13 09:21:38 AM

mamoru: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo!!!!

*RTFAs*

Oh

*whew*

For a moment, I thought the C.O.L.B.E.R.T. was the first treadmill on the ISS, and was expecting there to be hell to pay. Nevermind. Crisis averted.

So, uh, does anyone even make any non-crew-rated resupply vehicles that survive reentry? Because, if not, I'm not sure what else anyone would expect them to do. Space is kind of at a premium on the ISS and you don't want to add clutter by tossing it into orbit.

It knew what it was getting into when it launched up there. I say let it burn. ;)


SpaceX Dragon
 
2013-06-13 09:23:45 AM
When they are done with the ISS, it will burn up hopefully over the Pacific.
 
2013-06-13 09:24:23 AM
Great, that's all we need, physically fit Facehuggers.

Why don't we just shoot steroids, billy clubs, and squirting lapel flowers out into deep space while we are at it?
 
2013-06-13 09:24:52 AM

scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.


i3.ytimg.com
 
2013-06-13 09:24:57 AM
TIL that human beings can have emotional attachments to treadmills they didn't even know existed until said treadmill gets thrown away....
 
2013-06-13 09:25:06 AM
Please be done at night over the north americas and also eject it so it has a low angle of entry so perhaps we can get a little bit of a light show
 
2013-06-13 09:26:24 AM
I think the Smithsonian will survive without adding a space treadmill to their collection submitter. It's not exactly Neil Armstrong's Helmet in terms of importance now is it?
 
2013-06-13 09:27:20 AM
It would be funny if it fell from orbit and struck a jogger. Because I don't jog so it wouldn't strike me. But if it fell from orbit and hit some idiot in a Miata, it wouldn't be funny. Well, maybe funny but not ironic. And I was going for funny ironic.
 
2013-06-13 09:28:29 AM

EvilEgg: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

We spend all this money on Voyager and the first thing the aliens find is going to be a treadmill.


CGI is expensive, even back then.
 
2013-06-13 09:29:12 AM

Satanic_Hamster: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

[i3.ytimg.com image 480x360]


SPAAAAAAAAACE!
 
2013-06-13 09:29:42 AM
mamoru: any non-crew-rated resupply vehicles that survive reentry

i.space.com
Elon Musk will now drop a missile upon your home.
 
2013-06-13 09:29:52 AM
It will probably plummet back to earth and nail some Russian broad right in the babushka.
That country seems to have the luck with getting hit by space debris.
 
2013-06-13 09:30:56 AM
Hey, maybe they'll get lucky and it will land on a museum?
 
2013-06-13 09:31:26 AM
But what will the astronauts drape their dirty laundry on now?
 
2013-06-13 09:31:50 AM
images.spaceref.com

I have a better idea.....free tacos!
 
2013-06-13 09:32:03 AM
well, if you want to pay the 200 million to fetch it....
 
2013-06-13 09:32:24 AM
Woudn't it make more sense to drop them on the moon, that way if we ever decide to do something there, there will be some raw materials to scavange?
 
2013-06-13 09:35:06 AM
www.yourtownnews.ca
I wonder if this guitar will ever make it back to earth?
(or get El Kabonged over someone's head during an international argument over `not flushing' correctly?)
 
2013-06-13 09:39:02 AM
Free treadmill.  Pickup only.

/It'll burn up in our atmosphere and what's ever left will be no bigger than a Chihuahua's head.
 
2013-06-13 09:39:58 AM

scottydoesntknow: EvilEgg: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

We spend all this money on Voyager and the first thing the aliens find is going to be a treadmill.  And they are going to spend centuries trying to puzzle out what the hell this thing is and why we would send it to them.

Good. It'll delay the inevitable invasion after they reach the 2000's block of TV with all the reality show crap.


wrong, it will start it when they think we are telling them they should lose some weight
 
2013-06-13 09:44:27 AM
This is what happens when you let a woman into the space program. They want an exercise machine. Then they never use it and finally,the cheap Chinese magic fat ass remover breaks mysteriously while it was innocently collecting dust bunnies under the bed. Now you're out $$$ and have to get rid of a goddanged thing that throws your farking back out when you try to toss it out.
 
2013-06-13 09:48:19 AM
Can't get eBay up there?
 
2013-06-13 09:49:00 AM

Satanic_Hamster: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

[i3.ytimg.com image 480x360]


i500.listal.com

I always kinda liked Tommy Lee Jones' spot on the moon.  Just sitting there, chillin out, for all eternity.
 
2013-06-13 09:49:17 AM

BarkingUnicorn: Can't get eBay up there?


You can, but it would be pick-up only.
 
2013-06-13 09:50:01 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Satanic_Hamster: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

[i3.ytimg.com image 480x360]

[i500.listal.com image 469x276]

I always kinda liked Tommy Lee Jones' spot on the moon.  Just sitting there, chillin out, for all eternity.


Spoiler alert!
 
2013-06-13 09:50:49 AM
They're throwing it out because they figured out you can't hang your laundry on it in zero gravity.
 
2013-06-13 09:52:05 AM
great. so now it will evolve and then come back and try to wipe out humanity in a few hundred years.
 
2013-06-13 09:52:53 AM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I always kinda liked Tommy Lee Jones' spot on the moon. Just sitting there, chillin out, for all eternity.


Cheesiest ending to a movie in recent history
 
2013-06-13 09:56:35 AM
Two out of three believes will end badly:

img199.imageshack.us
 
2013-06-13 09:59:41 AM

scottydoesntknow: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Satanic_Hamster: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

[i3.ytimg.com image 480x360]

[i500.listal.com image 469x276]

I always kinda liked Tommy Lee Jones' spot on the moon.  Just sitting there, chillin out, for all eternity.

Spoiler alert!


Is 13 years enough time for the spoiler alert to expire, or is that still too.....fresh
 
2013-06-13 10:00:39 AM
yafh.com

"At last!! -- I've finally stopped that crazy thing..!"
 
2013-06-13 10:00:49 AM

mamoru: So, uh, does anyone even make any non-crew-rated resupply vehicles that survive reentry? Because, if not, I'm not sure what else anyone would expect them to do. Space is kind of at a premium on the ISS and you don't want to add clutter by tossing it into orbit.


Exactly.  What else is there to do?

There's no reason to put a shield and parachutes on a resupply vehicle.  That's a lot of weight that can't be used for supplies.

FrancoFile: SpaceX Dragon


The Dragon is intended to be manned.  It's just not rated *YET*.
 
2013-06-13 10:00:55 AM

Public Savant: Two out of three believes will end badly:

[img199.imageshack.us image 393x151]


Most of my designs never make if off the launch pad!

/goes back to Reus and Don't Starve
 
2013-06-13 10:01:09 AM
www.greenblue.org hot
 
2013-06-13 10:03:04 AM
And one more time the assinine tag applies more to the subby than the content.   There is no justifiable way to bring that back down so that it could go in a museum.    Now, if you want it back on earth, that's not a big problem.  Just put it in a decaying orbit that will land in Australia somewhere (because fark australia)
 
2013-06-13 10:04:12 AM

Public Savant: Two out of three believes will end badly:

[img199.imageshack.us image 393x151]


I don't blame Bob and Bill. If my mission commander had that shiat eating grin on his face all the time I would wonder about my safety too. I've seen that guy smile through some pretty unfortunate wrecks.

Nobody should be happy when the command module has a crappy disconnection, rolls over and the parachute is ripped off during a messy re-entry caused by botched staging and incompetent designers.

Nobody should have a look of awe on their face when they get into a stable orbit but burned all of their fuel to get there and have no way to get home.
 
2013-06-13 10:05:05 AM
Smithsonian be damned. The best of the Russian space vehicles and what not were at EuroDisney outside Paris and on display in the larger cafeterias.
 
2013-06-13 10:07:20 AM

Necronic: And one more time the assinine tag applies more to the subby than the content.   There is no justifiable way to bring that back down so that it could go in a museum.    Now, if you want it back on earth, that's not a big problem.  Just put it in a decaying orbit that will land in Australia somewhere (because fark australia)


Hey!  Next to Kiwis, Aussies are my favorite people!
 
2013-06-13 10:07:44 AM

offacue: [www.greenblue.org image 575x410] hot


theinfosphere.org

/More appropriate since we're dealing with space
 
2013-06-13 10:08:15 AM
Great! now they can get an elliptical climber!
 
2013-06-13 10:10:08 AM

oldfarthenry: It will probably plummet back to earth and nail some Russian broad right in the babushka.
That country seems to have the luck with getting hit by space debris.


It's kind of a big country.
 
2013-06-13 10:15:33 AM
Can't they just use it to pile up their dirty laundry? Or at least let it float around near it?
 
2013-06-13 10:23:57 AM
C'mon...  What the hell else are you going to do with it?
 
2013-06-13 10:24:24 AM

Monkey: Can't they just use it to pile up their dirty laundry? Or at least let it float around near it?


Ours is a display for part of our dust collection.
 
2013-06-13 10:26:14 AM
Who cares? They dropped Mir into the atmosphere to let it burn up, and Mir was the first space station. Ever.
 
2013-06-13 10:27:31 AM
SPACE JUNK YAY!!!

Should've just sent it downward to burn up in the atmosphere.
 
2013-06-13 10:27:34 AM
zedster:wrong, it will start it when they think we are telling them they should lose some weight

Only if they're female aliens.
 
2013-06-13 10:28:58 AM
Send it back to the Sun. Get your money back
 
2013-06-13 10:30:46 AM

meanmutton: oldfarthenry: It will probably plummet back to earth and nail some Russian broad right in the babushka.
That country seems to have the luck with getting hit by space debris.

It's kind of a big country.


Will it result in fields of fire?
 
2013-06-13 10:31:48 AM
The Creator must join with T'Mil.
 
2013-06-13 10:35:15 AM

Loren: mamoru: So, uh, does anyone even make any non-crew-rated resupply vehicles that survive reentry? Because, if not, I'm not sure what else anyone would expect them to do. Space is kind of at a premium on the ISS and you don't want to add clutter by tossing it into orbit.

Exactly.  What else is there to do?

There's no reason to put a shield and parachutes on a resupply vehicle.  That's a lot of weight that can't be used for supplies.

FrancoFile: SpaceX Dragon

The Dragon is intended to be manned.  It's just not rated *YET*.



The Dragon comes in two versions - cargo and manned.  The cargo is operational, the manned is still in development.

The Dragon supply runs to the ISS have included substantial biological sample returns.  They've also returned failed equipment so it can be analyzed and redesigned.

Just go to the SpaceX website and you can read all about it....
 
2013-06-13 10:37:27 AM
Pffft, just hire a maid to clean that shiat up...

img828.imageshack.us
 
2013-06-13 10:39:46 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: Lt. Cheese Weasel: I always kinda liked Tommy Lee Jones' spot on the moon. Just sitting there, chillin out, for all eternity.

Cheesiest ending to a movie in recent history


Hey! I love every moment of that movie! And the ending is... apropos.
 
2013-06-13 10:41:02 AM
Jeeze you think the ISS would have tools and an engineer or two laying around that could fix it.
 
2013-06-13 10:44:41 AM

darch: IdBeCrazyIf: Lt. Cheese Weasel: I always kinda liked Tommy Lee Jones' spot on the moon. Just sitting there, chillin out, for all eternity.

Cheesiest ending to a movie in recent history

Hey! I love every moment of that movie! And the ending is... apropos.


I will give them this, they never did take the entire thing seriously so it wasn't THAT bad
 
2013-06-13 10:47:15 AM

Egoy3k: I think the Smithsonian will survive without adding a space treadmill to their collection submitter. It's not exactly Neil Armstrong's Helmet in terms of importance now is it?


I dunno, sometimes very important treadmills end up in museums.

blog.newsarama.com
 
2013-06-13 10:50:10 AM

OtherLittleGuy: CGI is expensive, even back then.


CGI was expensive.
 
2013-06-13 10:50:51 AM
And it will take a few laps around the sun and return to earth as a destructive meteor, destroying a KFC in suburban Chicago.
 
2013-06-13 10:52:48 AM
cdn.static.ovimg.com
 
2013-06-13 10:53:53 AM
I want to say the TVIS was a pos, but it wasn't its fault. Dumbasses called it crit 3 and built it crit 3. Should have been 1R or 2S. If we weren't replacing wire isolaters every couple of weeks, the bungees would break or the computer would be all jacked up. Replacing the fly wheel was a royal pain in the ass. R&R of the slats was quite a chore too.

Still good to see it get its due. IRED or the cycle ergometer won't get the same press.
 
2013-06-13 10:56:25 AM

oldfarthenry: [www.yourtownnews.ca image 466x441]
I wonder if this guitar will ever make it back to earth?
(or get El Kabonged over someone's head during an international argument over `not flushing' correctly?)


That guitar is probably now worth more than its weight in moon rocks.  Destined for a museum, hopefully.
 
2013-06-13 10:56:55 AM
Will they do the same with the Bieber when her little jaunt into space is over?
 
2013-06-13 11:00:28 AM
If you've ever worked on an used club treadmill you'll know that "flaming debris" is the preferable option.
 
2013-06-13 11:06:10 AM

DewJunkie: Woudn't it make more sense to drop them on the moon, that way if we ever decide to do something there, there will be some raw materials to scavange?


And how exactly we we get them there?  The moon's orbit is between 362,500 km and 405,400 km, while the ISS orbits between 407 and 422 km; or in other words, the ISS is about 1% of the way to the moon.
 To get the unmanned Russian capsule with its contents to the moon from the ISS it would need to bring up a lot of extra fuel. If you want its decent/landing area on the moon to be somewhat controlled then it would also need fuel for a landing system, since parachutes are out. Or if we just crash it into the moon then you have a bunch of scattered metal and plastic in some random location.
   The amount of resource it would take to get that junk to the moon would far exceed any benefit the scrap material would give.
 
2013-06-13 11:07:59 AM
I get that space is a premium on the ISS but I also have a problem with just jettisoning crap that
they don't want anymore into space. Yes, space seems infinite to us right now so we might think
"what's a little space debris here or there? there's still plenty of room". Folks thought that way
about Earth for the longest time and just look at all the crap and waste humans leave lying about
on it.

I'm not a tree hugging uber environmentalist or anything (nttiawwt) but it just seems...wrong...to
use space as a farking trashcan. And yes, I know there's been man made space debris for just
about as long as we've had men up in space. Doesn't make it any more palatable.
 
2013-06-13 11:13:54 AM
I use mine as a clothes hanger.  Until Christmas, at which it transforms into a Christmas tree
(and clothes hanger)
 
2013-06-13 11:13:59 AM

mamoru: So, uh, does anyone even make any non-crew-rated resupply vehicles that survive reentry? Because, if not, I'm not sure what else anyone would expect them to do. Space is kind of at a premium on the ISS and you don't want to add clutter by tossing it into orbit.


Maybe they could put it in the next Dragon... not yet man rated, but designed to be.
 
2013-06-13 11:15:13 AM

digitalrain: I'm not a tree hugging uber environmentalist or anything (nttiawwt) but it just seems...wrong...to
use space as a farking trashcan. And yes, I know there's been man made space debris for just
about as long as we've had men up in space. Doesn't make it any more palatable.


It burns up in the atmosphere, by design.
 
2013-06-13 11:18:45 AM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: DewJunkie: Woudn't it make more sense to drop them on the moon, that way if we ever decide to do something there, there will be some raw materials to scavange?

And how exactly we we get them there?  The moon's orbit is between 362,500 km and 405,400 km, while the ISS orbits between 407 and 422 km; or in other words, the ISS is about 1% of the way to the moon.
 To get the unmanned Russian capsule with its contents to the moon from the ISS it would need to bring up a lot of extra fuel. If you want its decent/landing area on the moon to be somewhat controlled then it would also need fuel for a landing system, since parachutes are out. Or if we just crash it into the moon then you have a bunch of scattered metal and plastic in some random location.
   The amount of resource it would take to get that junk to the moon would far exceed any benefit the scrap material would give.


Good points.  Also, the same cost/benefit analysis could be applied to retrieving all the frozen human remains from Mount Everest.  They ain't worth it, neither.
 
2013-06-13 11:19:15 AM
Dude, check it, a thirteen billion light-year deep....umm, well, not trash can exactly, but y'all know what I mean.

Yeah, gosh, we'll just fill that sucker right up in a trice.

/ashes are ashes and they'll add to the land
//even slagged metal...
 
2013-06-13 11:30:40 AM

digitalrain: I get that space is a premium on the ISS but I also have a problem with just jettisoning crap that
they don't want anymore into space. Yes, space seems infinite to us right now so we might think
"what's a little space debris here or there? there's still plenty of room". Folks thought that way
about Earth for the longest time and just look at all the crap and waste humans leave lying about
on it.

I'm not a tree hugging uber environmentalist or anything (nttiawwt) but it just seems...wrong...to
use space as a farking trashcan. And yes, I know there's been man made space debris for just
about as long as we've had men up in space. Doesn't make it any more palatable.


They generally jettison it in decaying orbit so it will burn up into the atmosphere.  They don't want to use space as a trash can; that just increases of the odds of losing satellites and spacecraft to collisions.
 
2013-06-13 11:31:35 AM
pool.theinfosphere.org


"Ah, the pity. Fated to drift forever through the void as gravity's plaything. Oh, cruel fate, to be thusly boned. Ask not for whom the bone bones. It bones for thee. "

http://www.tv.com/shows/futurama/godfellas-125571/
 
2013-06-13 11:38:58 AM
Asinine?  Like those other two lame ideas were better?
 
2013-06-13 11:39:49 AM
Came for Dark Star surfing reference

/haz a dissapoint
 
2013-06-13 11:49:07 AM

mamoru: So, uh, does anyone even make any non-crew-rated resupply vehicles that survive reentry? Because, if not, I'm not sure what else anyone would expect them to do. Space is kind of at a premium on the ISS and you don't want to add clutter by tossing it into orbit.


If it wasn't for the orbit being one that needs frequent adjustment, I'd be for storing all the waste up there and eventually building/sending up industrial equipment, possibly starting with a 'solar forge' that would allow astronauts to melt and reshape metals into shielding, if nothing else.  Metals aren't ideal for shielding(it gets complicated), but the idea is that eventually all you really need to launch is the astronauts themselves, you have hydroponics to keep them fed, full recycling, etc...
 
2013-06-13 11:56:21 AM
It will bounce out of orbit float in to deep space  be intercepted by interspace aerobics instructors and sent back to earth to tell us to go be fat somewhere else.

Star Trek III
/JJ YOU"RE WELCOME
 
2013-06-13 12:00:06 PM

oldfarthenry: [www.yourtownnews.ca image 466x441]
I wonder if this guitar will ever make it back to earth?
(or get El Kabonged over someone's head during an international argument over `not flushing' correctly?)


4.bp.blogspot.com

/Shamelessly hotlinked for your enjoyment
 
2013-06-13 12:00:29 PM

Jacob_Roberson: Who cares? They dropped Mir into the atmosphere to let it burn up, and Mir was the first space station. Ever.


Salyut
 
2013-06-13 12:01:09 PM

Jacob_Roberson: Who cares? They dropped Mir into the atmosphere to let it burn up, and Mir was the first space station. Ever.


apod.nasa.gov

Launched 13 years before Mir.
 
2013-06-13 12:02:57 PM

Egoy3k: Nobody should have a look of awe on their face when they get into a stable orbit but burned all of their fuel to get there and have no way to get home.


"I get to stay here forever? Sick."
 
2013-06-13 12:08:49 PM
They should just have a yard sale. Get rid of some other stuff that's just Laying floating around....
 
2013-06-13 12:17:13 PM
Jettison != trashed in Progress.

I had pictured them taking it outside and throwing it overboard, which would be awesome. Stuffing it in a Progress is significantly more boring.
 
2013-06-13 12:19:38 PM

Satanic_Hamster: digitalrain: I get that space is a premium on the ISS but I also have a problem with just jettisoning crap that
they don't want anymore into space. Yes, space seems infinite to us right now so we might think
"what's a little space debris here or there? there's still plenty of room". Folks thought that way
about Earth for the longest time and just look at all the crap and waste humans leave lying about
on it.

I'm not a tree hugging uber environmentalist or anything (nttiawwt) but it just seems...wrong...to
use space as a farking trashcan. And yes, I know there's been man made space debris for just
about as long as we've had men up in space. Doesn't make it any more palatable.

They generally jettison it in decaying orbit so it will burn up into the atmosphere.  They don't want to use space as a trash can; that just increases of the odds of losing satellites and spacecraft to collisions.


Ah ok - did not know it was launched into decaying orbit. I had this vision of a man-made asteroid-like belt of crap floating around up there.
 
2013-06-13 12:22:41 PM

Sybarite: Yes, but it will be done majestically while The Blue Danube is played.


Wrong choice of music. If it doesn't use music from "2001 - A Space Odyssey", then it's a total fail.
 
2013-06-13 12:49:29 PM

digitalrain: Ah ok - did not know it was launched into decaying orbit. I had this vision of a man-made asteroid-like belt of crap floating around up there.


This is some.  Some in the past due to dumbassery/ignorance/not thinking of head, some due to miscalculations, etc.

You have to remember, the area where you can maintain a stable orbit is only so large.  And satellites / space craft are VERY expensive.  Even a small screw can take out something due to the speeds involved.   They do NOT want to hit ANYTHING.
 
2013-06-13 12:50:10 PM
Subby would rather spend a million dollars (at a rate of $16,000/lb) to drag home a broken piece of exercise equipment? That's pretty asinine. How about we spend that million dollars on something more worthwhile
 
2013-06-13 01:04:41 PM

Albert911emt: Sybarite: Yes, but it will be done majestically while The Blue Danube is played.

Wrong choice of music. If it doesn't use music from "2001 - A Space Odyssey", then it's a total fail.


Not sure if stupid or trolling...
 
2013-06-13 01:06:42 PM

Albert911emt: Sybarite: Yes, but it will be done majestically while The Blue Danube is played.

Wrong choice of music. If it doesn't use music from "2001 - A Space Odyssey", then it's a total fail.


Awesome

[gogglestheydonothing.jpg]
 
2013-06-13 01:10:33 PM

Langdon Alger: Salyut


orbister: Skylab


Hmm ok, according to Wikipedia I'm misremembering because Mir was the first modular space station, and the first to be assembled in orbit, and much larger/heavier than any earlier stations. But wasn't actually the first space station.
 
2013-06-13 01:26:40 PM

barefoot in the head: The Creator must join with T'Mil.


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sees what you did there carbon unit.
/hot like a bald kimbata
 
2013-06-13 01:34:57 PM

Albert911emt: Sybarite: Yes, but it will be done majestically while The Blue Danube is played.

Wrong choice of music. If it doesn't use music from "2001 - A Space Odyssey", then it's a total fail.


Someone doesn't remember the inflight meal.
 
2013-06-13 01:43:37 PM

Firethorn: mamoru: So, uh, does anyone even make any non-crew-rated resupply vehicles that survive reentry? Because, if not, I'm not sure what else anyone would expect them to do. Space is kind of at a premium on the ISS and you don't want to add clutter by tossing it into orbit.

If it wasn't for the orbit being one that needs frequent adjustment, I'd be for storing all the waste up there and eventually building/sending up industrial equipment, possibly starting with a 'solar forge' that would allow astronauts to melt and reshape metals into shielding, if nothing else.  Metals aren't ideal for shielding(it gets complicated), but the idea is that eventually all you really need to launch is the astronauts themselves, you have hydroponics to keep them fed, full recycling, etc...


The more stuff you have on the space station the more fuel it takes to keep it up there. Friction is a big problem at such a low orbit.
 
2013-06-13 01:50:29 PM

puddleonfire: SPACE JUNK YAY!!!

Should've just sent it downward to burn up in the atmosphere.


Want to know how I know you didn't RTFA? :D
 
2013-06-13 01:54:39 PM

scottydoesntknow: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Satanic_Hamster: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

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I always kinda liked Tommy Lee Jones' spot on the moon.  Just sitting there, chillin out, for all eternity.

Spoiler alert!


Pretty sure the statute of limitations on that one has run out.
 
2013-06-13 01:55:51 PM

Bender The Offender: Subby would rather spend a million dollars (at a rate of $16,000/lb) to drag home a broken piece of exercise equipment? That's pretty asinine. How about we spend that million dollars on something more worthwhile


Yea, Michelle Obama needs another skiing vacation.
 
2013-06-13 02:10:18 PM

Harry Freakstorm: It would be funny if it fell from orbit and struck a jogger. Because I don't jog so it wouldn't strike me. But if it fell from orbit and hit some idiot in a Miata, it wouldn't be funny. Well, maybe funny but not ironic. And I was going for funny ironic.


*snork*
 
2013-06-13 04:17:37 PM

digitalrain: And yes, I know there's been man made space debris for just
about as long as we've had men up in space.


No, it has been there longer. We sent stuff up there before we sent up humans.
 
2013-06-13 04:19:41 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Satanic_Hamster: scottydoesntknow: What's wrong subby? I think that's a badass way to go. I'd rather be floating through billions of miles of space than stuck 6 feet under.

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I always kinda liked Tommy Lee Jones' spot on the moon.  Just sitting there, chillin out, for all eternity.


It's an ideal spot, damn what I wouldn't give to die there (if I had to choose a place to die) but I always wondered how the fark he got there. Last we see him, he's riding dick first out into space. Next, he is comfortably dead on the moon. Did he aim the rocket so that it passed within 10 feet of the surface and just jumped off and tumbled a while? Did  see the moon and just jump for see, because it would seem like he would overshoot by several hundred miles due to inertia. Did it point right at it and program the rocket to veer away after he was drifting towards the moon, because becoming a rocket assisted dirt dart would make for a rough landing. Hell, even if he was in low lunar orbit, and pushed off towards the surface it will still be a rought landing. Even at 1/6th gravity you still need rockets to slow your decent to avoid making a cool new crater.
 
2013-06-13 04:25:49 PM

digitalrain: I get that space is a premium on the ISS but I also have a problem with just jettisoning crap that
they don't want anymore into space. Yes, space seems infinite to us right now so we might think
"what's a little space debris here or there? there's still plenty of room".


Gunnery Chief: Damn straight! I dare to assume you ignorant jackasses know that space is empty. Once you fire this hunk of metal, it keeps going til it hits something. That can be a ship. Or the planet behind that ship. It might go off into deep space and hit somebody else in ten thousand years. If you pull the trigger on this, you are ruining someones day, somewhere and sometime. That is why you check your targets. That is why you wait for the computer to give you a damn firing solution. That is why, Serviceman Chung, we do not "eyeball it". This is a weapon of mass destruction. You are not a cowboy shooting from the hip!

Farking treadmill will probably start an interstellar war in a few millenia
 
2013-06-13 08:05:05 PM
So farking what?
 
2013-06-13 08:26:57 PM

DewJunkie: Woudn't it make more sense to drop them on the moon, that way if we ever decide to do something there, there will be some raw materials to scavange?


Do you realize how much Δv that takes?!?!

It's about 4km/sec if you want to hard-land it (which isn't going to make for much to salvage) or 6.4 to soft-land.  That's 2/3 of what it took to get it to orbit at all and given the tyranny of the rocket equation that actually means it's far harder than lifting it from Earth was in the first place.

digitalrain: I get that space is a premium on the ISS but I also have a problem with just jettisoning crap that
they don't want anymore into space. Yes, space seems infinite to us right now so we might think
"what's a little space debris here or there? there's still plenty of room". Folks thought that way
about Earth for the longest time and just look at all the crap and waste humans leave lying about
on it.

I'm not a tree hugging uber environmentalist or anything (nttiawwt) but it just seems...wrong...to
use space as a farking trashcan. And yes, I know there's been man made space debris for just
about as long as we've had men up in space. Doesn't make it any more palatable.


Debris in low orbits is already a serious problem.  That's why the Chinese ASAT test was so upsetting--it threw a bunch of debris around.  (We were much more careful, our ASAT demonstration in response was carried out in a fashion that the debris burned.)

Firethorn: If it wasn't for the orbit being one that needs frequent adjustment, I'd be for storing all the waste up there and eventually building/sending up industrial equipment, possibly starting with a 'solar forge' that would allow astronauts to melt and reshape metals into shielding, if nothing else. Metals aren't ideal for shielding(it gets complicated), but the idea is that eventually all you really need to launch is the astronauts themselves, you have hydroponics to keep them fed, full recycling, etc...


Yup, the idea of dumping the shuttle tanks into the atmosphere has always struck me as a horrible idea.

What we need to do is put a little ion-drive powered tug in orbit.  It would have a pusher plate to shove things and it would have a laser capable of firing high power pulses.  (Yes, this could be called an ASAT weapon as the laser would have destructive potential.  That treaty is effectively dead anyway.)  It could nudge things up or down and if something was tumbling and not safe to approach it could use the laser.  Get in front and start firing pulses, vaporizing tiny bits of the offending satellite.  Newton would slowly bring it down.
 
2013-06-14 02:31:14 AM
Museum?
I would have guessed (assuming they brought it down) that it ended up in a showcase for one of those Fitness mega-franchises.
 
2013-06-14 11:36:38 AM
Asinine would be spending $25 billion to bring it home safely to put it in a museum.
 
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