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  • “‘Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down? That’s not my department,’says Wernher von Braun.” - lyrics by Tom Lehrer
  • I’m not into quantum physics, so to me this is all terribly sad. We can’t control phenomena like the sun’s ultimate death, but we can control the much nearer-term effects of our own carelessness and pollution on the immediate atmosphere of our one small planet.
  • Bizarre.
  • I was working in a summer job at IBM in the NASA complex.
  • In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 11, here’s something to make us stop and think - - and look at our cell phones with more respect. And at NASA’s Apollo 11 feat with infinitely more respect. Per iDrop News, University of Nottingham professor Graham Kendall has compared the memory, physical storage and processing power of the Apollo 11 Guidance Computer to those of an iPhone. Similarly, Toni Puiu of ZME Science compared the Apollo 11 computer’s processing power with an …
  • I love their technical language. Short summary for the panicking: Expected to miss and currently classified NO HAZARD. Tiny, most likely for an asteroid of that size is ‘Splosh in Pacific’. Likely many thousands of years before any such asteroid hits an urban aarea. And their reassurance. Some time in the next century or two then we can expect one of those many asteroids to hit, but if they are being tracked we would have at least 10 years warning to evacuate any city. The most likely thing is …
  • (Quote from Splinter)Wait - is Bajo masquerading as Splinter?
  • Scary.
  • daniel , thank you for your bravery. The additional element that I never considered was that, before out 21st century communications, deployed military missed all that was happening in the rest of the world. Very moving video, @ Splinter. At that time in history, Americans could justifiably be proud of their country and inspired by its leadership.
  • The competition didn’t in any way diminish the achievement, did it?