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Moscow Monitors ISS While Houston Braces for Rita

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the duck-and-cover dept.

Space 21

It doesn't come easy writes "The Johnson Space Center is shutting down while Houston waits for Rita to land. In the meanwhile, Mission Control has moved operations to a Russian control team outside Moscow for the duration of the storm. From the announcement: 'Ground supervison of the station has been shared by the U.S. and Russian control centers since orbital assembly began in 1998. A small rotating team of American experts is always in residence at the Russian control facility, which is active around the clock.' Here's hoping Houston fares better than New Orleans."

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In soviet russia, (0, Redundant)

Neurotoxic666 (679255) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617032)

all your space stations are belong to us. :P

Re:In soviet russia, (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13617179)

wouldn't "in soviet union Moscow Monitors you " be better

-'FC'-

Re:In soviet russia, (1)

FadedTimes (581715) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617314)

In Soviet Russia the ISS Monitors you.

Re:In soviet russia, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13628129)

No, no... it is

In Soviet Russia, Houston has a problem!

MOD PARENT UP!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13636057)

hahahaha damn funny

Domes be gone. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13617050)

I'm not sure which it is, but either Mother Nature doesn't like Sports Domes, or it is following those poor people.

Re:Domes be gone. (2, Funny)

LennyDotCom (26658) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617212)

Mother Nature doesn't like Sports Domes

And everybody knows she is attracted to trailer parks (Tornados)
Abviously we need to ban trailer parks and Sports Domes and we can avoid natural disaters in the future.

Odds are not good. (0, Troll)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617098)


Here's hoping Houston fares better than New Orleans.

Not likely...Rita is a Category 5 [weatherunderground.com] at this time, with sustained winds of 165 mph (gusts up to 200 mph).

At least Houston's not below sea level.

Re:Odds are not good. (2, Informative)

cei (107343) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617227)

Well, actually, good chunks of it are. I was driving around with the altimeter on my GPS this afternoon and most of the areas I was in were in the range of ~-20 to +75 feet. At the moment I'm planning on riding it out. We're not as close to large, standing bodies of water. Yeah, we can flood (see Tropical Storm Allison a few years back), but I expect the windspeeds to drop as it crosses inland.

Re:Odds are not good. (1)

WhiteBandit (185659) | more than 8 years ago | (#13619290)

Well, actually, good chunks of it are. I was driving around with the altimeter on my GPS this afternoon and most of the areas I was in were in the range of ~-20 to +75 feet.

For vertical elevations, I'd trust a topo map instead.

Depending on what model of consumer GPS you're using, you can be anywhere from 10 - 20 meters off in terms of vertical accuracy [erols.com] .

Re:Odds are not good. (1)

jbridge21 (90597) | more than 8 years ago | (#13630056)

Sitting in one spot in houston, my GPS altimeter has read anywhere from -100 to 150 feet (actual elevation at that spot was ~60 feet).

Pasadena, OTOH, is low enough that the storm surge might cause flooding.

Rita turning? (1)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617233)

Looks like Rita has turned a bit to the north.

Corrected link... (2, Informative)

strabo (58457) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617285)

It is wunderground.com, not weatherunderground.com...

Accurate link. [wunderground.com]

Re:Corrected link... (2)

Matt Perry (793115) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617715)

It's a floor wax and a desert topping. Both links go to the same place.

Re:Corrected link... (1)

strabo (58457) | more than 8 years ago | (#13623343)

Interesting. When I clicked it yesterday, I got a "could not be found" error, so I thought it was just a typo. Checking it today works fine. Thanks for the heads up!

I predict. . . (1, Redundant)

SpaceAdmiral (869318) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617100)

Alright, let's get this out of the way so that no one else has to do it: In Russia, space station monitors you! In Russia, you blow hurricanes!

Might as well contract out all of NASA to Russia (2, Funny)

Safe Sex Goddess (910415) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617221)

Seems like we'd be getting a lot more bang for our tax investment dollars if we got rid of NASA and used the money to outsource all of our space project to Russia.

Re:Might as well contract out all of NASA to Russi (2, Insightful)

Professor_UNIX (867045) | more than 8 years ago | (#13617478)

Seems like we'd be getting a lot more bang for our tax investment dollars if we got rid of NASA and used the money to outsource all of our space project to Russia.

What in the hell is with all the anti-NASA trolling on the Internet sites lately? I find it really strange that on a pro-technology website like Slashdot that there would be such blatantly ignorant people when it comes to a space program.

Re:Might as well contract out all of NASA to Russi (1)

helioquake (841463) | more than 8 years ago | (#13618689)

Bad economy does that to them...in a sense it's the fault of the White House and Congress.

Re:Might as well contract out all of NASA to Russi (1)

VernonNemitz (581327) | more than 8 years ago | (#13621006)

Even without trolling NASA, there might be reason to do what the original poster suggested. Rember Global Warming? If the oceans rise 40 feet, where will Cape Canaveral be?

Houston? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13617328)

It seems you have a problem.
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