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(Gizmodo)   Did you know that the International Space Station is almost as big as Princess Leia's spaceship or that three crew members would eat the equivalent of 32,558 Big Macs in six months? Just two of 15 awesome facts about the ISS on its 15 anniversary   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 39
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2013-11-20 01:49:01 PM
i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-11-20 02:00:33 PM
I miss the Skylab hysteria of the seventies...
 
2013-11-20 02:08:15 PM
the Tantive V, the Corellian Corvette that carried Princess Leia

Someone missed an I.
 
2013-11-20 02:40:31 PM
i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-11-20 02:42:18 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-11-20 02:42:41 PM
32558 ÷ 3 ÷ 180 = 60 Big Macs per day

I think that facile equivalency isn't telling the whole story
 
2013-11-20 02:44:48 PM
I don't think they eat 60 Big Macs a day.
 
2013-11-20 02:44:53 PM

GRCooper: 32558 ÷ 3 ÷ 180 = 60 Big Macs per day

I think that facile equivalency isn't telling the whole story


I think that is the number of meals eaten since 2000.
 
2013-11-20 02:45:31 PM
Yeah, what he said.
 
2013-11-20 02:49:43 PM

GRCooper: 32558 ÷ 3 ÷ 180 = 60 Big Macs per day

I think that facile equivalency isn't telling the whole story


That bothered me too. FTA - "seven tons of supplies per three astronauts for six months." (which they convert to Big Macs because each of those is about 1/2 pound).

Still: 7 tons per 3 people per 6 months x 2240 pounds/ton ÷ 3 people ÷ 182.5 days per 6 months = 28.64 pounds of "food supplies" per day.

That has to include packaging.
 
2013-11-20 02:49:44 PM

Procerus: GRCooper: 32558 ÷ 3 ÷ 180 = 60 Big Macs per day

I think that facile equivalency isn't telling the whole story

I think that is the number of meals eaten since 2000.


Maybe, but subby actually quoted TFA correctly.
 
2013-11-20 02:53:28 PM

paswa17: GRCooper: 32558 ÷ 3 ÷ 180 = 60 Big Macs per day

I think that facile equivalency isn't telling the whole story

That bothered me too. FTA - "seven tons of supplies per three astronauts for six months." (which they convert to Big Macs because each of those is about 1/2 pound).

Still: 7 tons per 3 people per 6 months x 2240 pounds/ton ÷ 3 people ÷ 182.5 days per 6 months = 28.64 pounds of "food supplies" per day.

That has to include packaging.


Wait, you're not supposed to eat 28 lbs of food each day?  Wish I had known that sooner...
 
2013-11-20 02:54:02 PM
Isn't this thing being buried at sea in 5 years?
 
2013-11-20 02:55:41 PM

styckx: Isn't this thing being buried at sea in 5 years?


Er I mean't 2020.. No idea how I got 5 years out of that..

/math
 
2013-11-20 03:06:21 PM
Did you know that some guy worked out how much the MIR space station weighed, and figured it would take something like 250 trips to bring that much weight up there using the methods the public is aware of.

Makes me wonder how much the ISS weighs.
 
2013-11-20 03:14:03 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Did you know that some guy worked out how much the MIR space station weighed, and figured it would take something like 250 trips to bring that much weight up there using the methods the public is aware of.

Makes me wonder how much the ISS weighs.


Almost 1 million lbs according to TFA
 
2013-11-20 03:14:48 PM
Funny how none of the facts were about anything of value that has resulted from ISS's existence.
 
2013-11-20 03:16:56 PM
GRCooper:Maybe, but subby actually quoted TFA correctly.

After reading it again, I think what they meant was that 3 astronauts consume 7 tons of supplies over the course of 6 months. That has to include water, air, and everything else needed to survive, not just food.
 
2013-11-20 03:25:31 PM
SPINOFFS ya biatches, whar my spinoffs!?
 
2013-11-20 03:28:44 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Did you know that some guy worked out how much the MIR space station weighed, and figured it would take something like 250 trips to bring that much weight up there using the methods the public is aware of.

Makes me wonder how much the ISS weighs.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir  (129,700 kg )
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station
 (approximately 450,000 kg )

I don't think that's true. The core modules of MIR were all launched via unmanned systems, then later assembled by manned flights. I'd agree the technology to launch these large umanned modules is sketchy, but the payload size of 20 tons isn't crazy at all. The apollo landers weighed 15 tons.
 
2013-11-20 03:46:52 PM

Procerus: GRCooper:Maybe, but subby actually quoted TFA correctly.

After reading it again, I think what they meant was that 3 astronauts consume 7 tons of supplies over the course of 6 months. That has to include water, air, and everything else needed to survive, not just food.


That sounds more reasonable
 
2013-11-20 03:48:38 PM

styckx: styckx: Isn't this thing being buried at sea in 5 years?

Er I mean't 2020.. No idea how I got 5 years out of that..

/math


And then it will be converted to Sealab in the year 2021.
 
2013-11-20 03:54:40 PM
This is the American version of the story.
Where we have to equate things to Big Macs so we can be awestruck.
 
2013-11-20 04:00:11 PM

styckx: styckx: Isn't this thing being buried at sea in 5 years?

Er I mean't 2020.. No idea how I got 5 years out of that..

/math


That's when the supporting budget runs out, but the modules should be good for a few years after that. I assume the lifetime is statistical based on expected damage from micrometoeroids.
 
2013-11-20 04:02:22 PM

Pauul: styckx: styckx: Isn't this thing being buried at sea in 5 years?

Er I mean't 2020.. No idea how I got 5 years out of that..

/math

And then it will be converted to Sealab in the year 2021.


Pod 6 is jerks
 
2013-11-20 04:09:02 PM

Procerus: GRCooper:Maybe, but subby actually quoted TFA correctly.

After reading it again, I think what they meant was that 3 astronauts consume 7 tons of supplies over the course of 6 months. That has to include water, air, and everything else needed to survive, not just food.


Exactly. They each need about 60 Big Macs of air, water, food, and other supplies every day.
 
2013-11-20 04:22:21 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Did you know that some guy worked out how much the MIR space station weighed, and figured it would take something like 250 trips to bring that much weight up there using the methods the public is aware of.

Makes me wonder how much the ISS weighs.


It weighs nothing.
 
2013-11-20 04:29:12 PM

paswa17: Procerus: GRCooper:Maybe, but subby actually quoted TFA correctly.

After reading it again, I think what they meant was that 3 astronauts consume 7 tons of supplies over the course of 6 months. That has to include water, air, and everything else needed to survive, not just food.

Exactly. They each need about 60 Big Macs of air, water, food, and other supplies every day.


Is that the new Rhose Island/Library of Congress of measurement?
 
2013-11-20 05:03:24 PM

Tobin_Lam: paswa17: Procerus: GRCooper:Maybe, but subby actually quoted TFA correctly.

After reading it again, I think what they meant was that 3 astronauts consume 7 tons of supplies over the course of 6 months. That has to include water, air, and everything else needed to survive, not just food.

Exactly. They each need about 60 Big Macs of air, water, food, and other supplies every day.

Is that the new Rhose Island/Library of Congress of measurement?


Well, obviously.

That said, I'm betting that the crew are glad it's not actual bigmacs that their having. Think how welcome 'a fart in a space suit' is, then think of two other people faring in your space suit, on bigmacs!!1!
 
2013-11-20 05:04:06 PM

uttertosh: Tobin_Lam: paswa17: Procerus: GRCooper:Maybe, but subby actually quoted TFA correctly.

After reading it again, I think what they meant was that 3 astronauts consume 7 tons of supplies over the course of 6 months. That has to include water, air, and everything else needed to survive, not just food.

Exactly. They each need about 60 Big Macs of air, water, food, and other supplies every day.

Is that the new Rhose Island/Library of Congress of measurement?

Well, obviously.

That said, I'm betting that the crew are glad it's not actual bigmacs that their having. Think how welcome 'a fart in a space suit' is, then think of two other people faring in your space suit, on bigmacs!!1!


they're.

/peeved pet.
 
2013-11-20 05:14:55 PM
three crew members would eat the equivalent of 32,558 Big Macs in six months

I heard they'd perfected recycling their own feces.
 
2013-11-20 05:20:03 PM
No, the ISS is not as big as the Blockade Runner (aka Corellian Corvette), it might be as long or as wide sure but one of those things has a substantially larger living space.  Of course the ISS is pretty much the workmens shed for building an actual space station...
 
2013-11-20 05:20:24 PM
A frequent pub quiz questions has the ISS as the single most expensive object ever constructed. I forget how much they listed it at, though
 
2013-11-20 05:40:02 PM

foo monkey: J. Frank Parnell: Did you know that some guy worked out how much the MIR space station weighed, and figured it would take something like 250 trips to bring that much weight up there using the methods the public is aware of.

Makes me wonder how much the ISS weighs.

It weighs nothing.


ooohh... You're good.

/Weight is relative.
 
2013-11-20 06:20:16 PM
I think most of the weight of supplies are air/water/clothing.  No one eats 28 pounds of food per day.

And 25000 meals since 2000?  That's only 5 meals per day, as that was 5000 days ago.
 
2013-11-20 06:50:42 PM
The most important piece of science done on the ISS that is NOT related to humans traveling to or from space is....

(crickets)
 
2013-11-20 07:27:09 PM

img.fark.net

So I gather that the ISS astronauts are forced to eat nothing but Big Macs because McDonald's owns the Star Wars restaurant tie-in rights, which means that they each must eat 60 Macs per day and they all look like Jabba the Hutt, and that in a few years the ISS will crash into Australia

like Sky Lab because of the extra weight and destroy us all

the way the dinosaurs died

(That was a long caption, so I made the picture bigger.)

But did I make it big enough.

 
2013-11-20 07:27:18 PM
Contrabulous Flabtraption [TotalFark]

Funny how none of the facts were about anything of value that has resulted from ISS's existence.

Gawker never provides anything of value.
 
2013-11-20 07:28:13 PM
Huh? It didn't get bigger after all. Drat. And I wanted it life size.
 
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