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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
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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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