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    More: Unlikely, European Space Agency, Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, Space exploration, James Webb Telescope, Lagrangian point, Goddard Space Flight Center, Great Observatories program  
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499 clicks; posted to STEM » on 14 Sep 2021 at 12:53 AM (6 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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6 days ago  
Were one piratically inclined this seems like an excellent opportunity.
 
6 days ago  
I've heard it said that Roman carts dictated some overall dimensions of the Apollo programme because they served as the basis for standard railway track gauges which in turn determined rail tunnel widths.
 
6 days ago  

Eutychus: I've heard it said that Roman carts dictated some overall dimensions of the Apollo programme because they served as the basis for standard railway track gauges which in turn determined rail tunnel widths.


I've heard that as well, in its full, expanded form.  I *think* I've also heard that this was debunked, but I cannot state authoritatively whether or not it's true.

I'm leaning toward the belief that it's bogus, because if it had been proven, no way could James Burke have avoided including it in "Connections".
 
5 days ago  
It's gonna get stuck in the canal, isnt it?
 
5 days ago  

balko: It's gonna get stuck in the canal, isnt it?


They're going to have to postpone the launch because it's going to contract yellow fever.
 
5 days ago  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Eutychus: I've heard it said that Roman carts dictated some overall dimensions of the Apollo programme because they served as the basis for standard railway track gauges which in turn determined rail tunnel widths.

I've heard that as well, in its full, expanded form.  I *think* I've also heard that this was debunked, but I cannot state authoritatively whether or not it's true.

I'm leaning toward the belief that it's bogus, because if it had been proven, no way could James Burke have avoided including it in "Connections".


I know that different countries had different railroad gauges. That became an issue in various European wars. Checking, I see that there still are multiple gauges.
 
5 days ago  
Why the unlikely?

If transported by ship, it is either Panama or the long way around South America. I dare say the answer is obvious.

/NASA made a trade with the Europeans. The rocket is being paid for by giving European astronomers telescope time.
//Arrangements made before the SpaceX proved just how reliable it is.
 
5 days ago  

balko: It's gonna get stuck in the canal, isnt it?


It really does have to fit in a rocket fairing, so I doubt it needs the largest ship that can travel the canal.
 
5 days ago  
That's what they're telling everyone, but they actually shipped it via registered mail.
 
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