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Update and News Bits [Apr. 25th, 2008|12:40 pm]
Nicodemus
As for me, I've been busy with work for the past couple weeks, leaving little time to post to or even read LJ. Free time has gone towards writing or working on house projects. (I won't try to describe the thrill of laying attic flooring in this short post.)

So instead of more from me, here are some random
News Bits

  • The Pheonix Lander made a minor course correction as it approaches Mars. It's set to touch down a month from today!

  • In stranger NASA news, there's a really nice story of Duct Tape and Moon Dust on the Apollo missions. As a side note, lunar dust apparently smells like gunpowder. Not that the moon is explosive, it's just a chemical relative and tickles our noses in the same way.

  • You know those stories of people that have a hundred cats and their house it a complete mess? Well, it happens with pet rats, too. The good news is that the owner's getting help and they've stopped poisoning the rats. They're now trapping them and trying to adopt them, since they are domesticated.

  • One of the stranger CNN headlines I've seen for a while: "First the man-cave, then cross-dressing". It's a rather amusing little piece and not nearly as edgy as the title sounds.
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2008-04-25 10:44 pm (UTC)

Biggest firecracker ever!

*Laughs.* I saw a presentation about the other 'less famous' moon walkers and their thoughts then and now. One of the astronauts talked later. That came up in the video when one of them was talking about taking off their space suit the first time in the LEM.

So you have a floored attic now? I'm jealous. I don't have a usable attic or basement. My house projects are so behind.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-04-26 08:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Biggest firecracker ever!

Cool. I heard Neil Armstrong speak but he's the only one that I've seen in person.

The attic has plywood down over about half of the usable space. It's not tall enough to stand upright (it's about 4.5' at the roof's peak) but it still makes it a lot easier to move around and shift storage bins.
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2008-04-29 07:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, but if Gerry and Sylvia Anderson would have you believe, if you just detonate a pile of nuclear waste on the Moon, it'll take off at the speed of light.

Though that should have happened back in 1999. *nod*

-Trav
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