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Delightful video of astronauts during a space stat

The Bad Astronomer (563217) writes | more than 2 years ago


The Bad Astronomer writes "On October 26, the International Space Station underwent a reboost, moving it into a higher orbit to compensate for atmospheric drag. During the firing, the astronauts onboard had a little fun with the physics of acceleration. This video is destined to be shown in high school physics classes for years."
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ISS is wasted money (1)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 2 years ago | (#38012412)

"Physics! It’s not only cool, it can also save your $100 billion science project."

This money could have been used to send probes to Europa or for the Hubble replacement.

Re:ISS is wasted money (1)

dpilot (134227) | more than 2 years ago | (#38013432)

But you know it wouldn't have. It would have far more likely been spent on 6 un-needed, un-wanted weapons programs, another length of border fence that would have never actually been built, a stretch of highway leading to nowhere, and drug subsidies for a rare disorder that nobody actually has.

The perpetual answer to any, "We could have taken $$$-from-projects-I-don't-like and spent it on projects-I-do-like," argument is that that money, rather than going to projects-you-do-like would have no doubt gone to projects-that-are-absolute-anathema instead.

This exact situation happened at a local university some 10-20 years back. A professor was extolling the virtues of proposed Project-B and how much better it was than existing Project-A, in the process outlining his perceived evils of Project-A. The university listened to his advice, defunded Project-A, and took the money elsewhere, choosing not to do Project-B instead.

Or you can look at the Base Closing Commission of years past, Griffiss was slated for closing and Plattsburgh was not. The kind folks from Rome went to the commission to talk about how good Griffiss (near Rome) was and how bad Plattsburgh was. As a result, both got closed.

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