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Old 09-02-2011, 07:37 AM   #1
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:57 AM   #2
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How about that big 'Spacecraft stealer' in "Moonraker?"


Seriously, though - the physics involved is a terrific problem.

The 'easy' solution would be to slow the objects down so they fall out of orbit.

Only that is not an easy thing to do. Especially thousands of times.
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"Sails" to drag the spent stages back into the atmosphere are listed as a possible solution. The Germans are going to fly a trash-picking satellite. Extra fuel in the stages to shove them back into the atmosphere are another idea.

This guy writes some good space stuff. Here's a much brighter view on the Shuttle program:

BBC News - Viewpoint: The space shuttle - 'magnificent flying machine'
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"Earth orbit is now a place where people live and work almost as naturally as on the ground."

Wow! That's a reach! "Almost", except for weightlessness, bone and muscle degeneration, cosmic ray exposure, drinking recycled urine and (as far as we know) not "gettin' any" from your coworker(s). Unless it's formal experimentation, of course!

I'd love to see that 'Test Description'!
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not "gettin' any" from your coworker(s). Unless it's formal experimentation, of course!

I'd love to see that 'Test Description'!
You know if the military is involved there will be a task, condition and standard.
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"Earth orbit is now a place where people live and work almost as naturally as on the ground."

Wow! That's a reach! "Almost", except for weightlessness, bone and muscle degeneration, cosmic ray exposure, drinking recycled urine and (as far as we know) not "gettin' any" from your coworker(s). Unless it's formal experimentation, of course!

I'd love to see that 'Test Description'!
Compared to a Gemini astronaut, shirtsleeves and shorts are pretty "natural."

As for "sex in space," depends on what qualifies. F'instance, are 2 people required?
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As for "sex in space," depends on what qualifies. F'instance, are 2 people required?
Well, it's not required on Earth, so why should it be in space?

I'm surprised no p0rn company ever rented one of those zero-G airplanes. Unless those are exclusively flown by the government.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:18 PM   #8
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On a somewhat related topic:

How You Drink Water In Space*Video
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Well, it's not required on Earth, so why should it be in space?

I'm surprised no p0rn company ever rented one of those zero-G airplanes. Unless those are exclusively flown by the government.
The one commercial venture doing that was flying out of Tico Airport near my Mom's house. We went by and checked it out; it was insanely expensive ($3,000 for the day, IIRC) and you spent most of the time on the ground in "lawsuit avoidance training." They lasted less than a year.

I know Tom Hanks' Apollo 13 used a Vomit Comet to film parts of the movie, the true weightlessness parts were done in 45 second intervals. Zero Gee money shots...there's a visual for ya.
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Just be glad they never orbited any Harley-Davidsons.
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