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    I so wish there was video of this - but shaking windows 60 miles away is pretty awesome stuff

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44256927...science-space/

    on thing about the Russians, when they miss, they miss big - I still remember the concern about whether or not MIR would land in the ocean
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    I heard that today.......oops
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    • #3
      I heard that today also, kind of gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that our Russian Comrads will now be transporting our Astronauts back and forth to the Space Station, NOT!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Grumpy View Post
        I heard that today also, kind of gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that our Russian Comrads will now be transporting our Astronauts back and forth to the Space Station, NOT!

        they've killed fewer of their astronauts then we have of ours. that score is like USSR 7 USA 16
        Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; August 24, 2011, 07:44 PM.
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        • #5
          true BUT thier shuttle program never got off the ground - pun intended
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            while the shuttle is a technological marvel, its usefulness really only lay in the marketing of the US. We've been throwing things into orbit for years, and cost per pound for the shuttle vs a one-use rocket is actually pretty obscene. Kind of like hauling garbage with a Ferrari, you could do it, but why?

            As for relying on the Russians - call it keeping their scientist eating rather than building rockets for people we'd rather they not build rockets for.

            little known cold-war factoid that illustrates. Every year our top scientists would meet with Russian scientists and teach them some of our advances because we were afraid if they fell too far behind and had nothing to lose they'd use their weapons or sell them to someone who would.
            Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; August 24, 2011, 08:04 PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
              they've killed fewer of their astronauts then we have of ours. that score is like USSR 7 USA 16
              Just curious, what is the ratio in manned Space flights?
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              • #8
                Sorry guys the Russian's employed me to Tune their Rocket and since I've been out of the scene for so many years I got my calculations mixed up and the rocket wasn't able to break orbit.........Oooopss........

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                  " What's this little red button do? "

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TC View Post
                    Sorry guys the Russian's employed me to Tune their Rocket and since I've been out of the scene for so many years I got my calculations mixed up and the rocket wasn't able to break orbit.........Oooopss........
                    I told you to plug the powervalve and jet up, but you wouldn't listen.....
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grumpy View Post
                      Just curious, what is the ratio in manned Space flights?
                      I dunno, but I'd guess roughly equal - they used to set off nuclear bombs in response to our setting off nuclear bombs, which of course was because of our response to their nuclear bomb test.....
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
                        while the shuttle is a technological marvel, its usefulness really only lay in the marketing of the US. We've been throwing things into orbit for years, and cost per pound for the shuttle vs a one-use rocket is actually pretty obscene. Kind of like hauling garbage with a Ferrari, you could do it, but why?

                        As for relying on the Russians - call it keeping their scientist eating rather than building rockets for people we'd rather they not build rockets for.

                        little known cold-war factoid that illustrates. Every year our top scientists would meet with Russian scientists and teach them some of our advances because we were afraid if they fell too far behind and had nothing to lose they'd use their weapons or sell them to someone who would.

                        One of the driving forces behind our shuttle program was a way to snatch Russian satellites out of orbit. The government initially planned to launch military shuttle missions from Vandenberg AFB. There was quite a bit of money spent there, including lengthening runways, outfitting a 747 to carry the shuttle, building a launch complex, widening a road leading to the complex, etc.

                        The whole thing sort of got scrapped after Challenger.


                        Shuttle Enterprise seen here, on its way to the launch pad:

                        Last edited by daved931; August 25, 2011, 07:14 AM.

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                        • #13
                          If I was on the space station, I'd feel alot more comfortable knowing my food, water, and mail was coming via a USA vehicle than a Soviet one.....
                          I don't know why we don't use our boosters to resupply them, but I do know there is no backup plan in place.......
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by oletrux4evr View Post
                            If I was on the space station, I'd feel alot more comfortable knowing my food, water, and mail was coming via a USA vehicle than a Soviet one.....
                            I don't know why we don't use our boosters to resupply them, but I do know there is no backup plan in place.......
                            It's ok, we'll probably end up selling the space shuttles to Russia anyways.......
                            Last edited by TC; August 25, 2011, 02:43 PM.

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                            • #15
                              This is horrible. The space station is quickly running out of toilet paper. It'll be a disaster.
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