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(NASA)   Name a spacecraft part that flies on a rocket that fails, falls to sea, is fished from the sea bottom, is put into a spacecraft that has better luck with its rocket, and works just fine   (rps.nasa.gov) divider line
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2021-09-23 11:58:17 PM  
RPS / RTG?

Doesn't surprise me in the least.
 
2021-09-24 2:34:52 AM  
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2021-09-24 6:14:17 AM  
Nimbus III? The planet of intergalactic peace?
 
2021-09-24 6:45:31 AM  
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!
 
2021-09-24 7:04:52 AM  
"USA" decal?
 
2021-09-24 7:29:01 AM  
Spacey McCraftpart?
 
2021-09-24 7:37:27 AM  
I like how Ng put it in Snow Crash.

"If you ever find yourself in the presence of a destructive force powerful enough to un-encapsulate those isotopes, radiation poisoning will be the LEAST of your problems."
 
2021-09-24 7:44:54 AM  
The astronaut
 
2021-09-24 7:54:49 AM  
Jedediah Kerman?
 
2021-09-24 7:55:39 AM  
Counterweights?
 
2021-09-24 8:43:31 AM  
Yeah, it's not NASA doing this that worries us.

It's the crazy Russian and cheap Chinese knockoffs at one quarter of the price that will be built off of stolen plans that bothers us.
 
2021-09-24 9:50:45 AM  
The toilet?
 
2021-09-24 9:59:59 AM  
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2021-09-24 10:40:33 AM  
I have no problems with nuclear power in unmanned space vehicles, because the question of 'what do we do with the waste product is kind of moot.

It's only when we're discussing terrestrial applications of nuclear power, that it becomes an issue.
 
2021-09-24 12:30:22 PM  
Subby, did you know that they will take undamaged parts out of a crashed airliner and install them on another plane?
 
2021-09-24 1:52:05 PM  
The Soviets smeared an orbiting reactor (not RTG) across northern Canada in the 1970s.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosmo​s​_954
 
2021-09-24 2:05:14 PM  
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2021-09-24 2:41:12 PM  

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I was gonna guess this...

... or more specifically, "Froggy the Astronaut," whom we conscripted for an impromptu adventure.
 
2021-09-24 2:56:41 PM  
Ship of Theseus is being modernized now eh?
 
2021-09-24 4:11:28 PM  

bingethinker: Subby, did you know that they will take undamaged parts out of a crashed airliner and install them on another plane?


I'm pretty sure it not the power supply.
 
2021-09-24 4:32:51 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: RPS / RTG?

Doesn't surprise me in the least.


I recall that during an online argument regarding the "danger" of plutonium in Cassini prior to its launch. For those too young to remember this controversy got a lot of traction until a successful launch made it moot. Anyways someone, Gharlane of Eddore if memory is not misleading me, mentioned that an RTG that fell from an exploding rocket was reused.  Nice to see a reference. I'll have to remember to use it the next time someone has a cow about one.  In any event, I don't recall him mentioning that also got a long dunk in salt water.
 
2021-09-24 5:39:41 PM  
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2021-09-24 8:01:27 PM  
A towel?
 
2021-09-25 12:13:14 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: RPS / RTG?

Doesn't surprise me in the least.


Yup.

CSB time: my Dad was a health physicist in the USPHS and helped analyze at least the Apollo 13 situation. I am too young to remember if he was away for the others, and unfortunately he's not around to ask anymore.
 
2021-09-25 1:20:42 PM  

tdyak: Yeah, it's not NASA doing this that worries us.

It's the crazy Russian and cheap Chinese knockoffs at one quarter of the price that will be built off of stolen plans that bothers us.


Yeah.  Multiple Russian reactors have burned in.  They weren't packed to take it, they scattered hot debris.
 
2021-09-25 2:22:36 PM  

Loren: tdyak: Yeah, it's not NASA doing this that worries us.

It's the crazy Russian and cheap Chinese knockoffs at one quarter of the price that will be built off of stolen plans that bothers us.

Yeah.  Multiple Russian reactors have burned in.  They weren't packed to take it, they scattered hot debris.


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosmo​s​_954

This was additional information that I really didn't need to know.

"Only 1% of the fuel was recovered. "
 
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