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Интересная фигня про космические яйца ручки.

Fact or Fiction?: NASA Spent Millions to Develop a Pen that Would Write in Space, whereas the Soviet Cosmonauts Used a Pencil

The problem of weightless writing was not solved by either Soviet central planning or good old American sub-contracting, but by a private investor and a good idea

During the height of the space race in the 1960s, legend has it, NASA scientists realized that pens could not function in space. They needed to figure out another way for the astronauts to write things down. So they spent years and millions of taxpayer dollars to develop a pen that could put ink to paper without gravity. But their crafty Soviet counterparts, so the story goes, simply handed their cosmonauts pencils.

This tale with its message of simplicity and thrift--not to mention a failure of common sense in a bureaucracy--floats around the Internet, hopping from in-box to in-box, and even surfaced during a 2002 episode of the West Wing. But, alas, it is just a myth.

Bust it... )

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa026&articleID=9CF01C5C-E7F2-99DF-3EEFFCD06138AEC4
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A gopher tortoise moves towards the space shuttle Discovery, seen sitting on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 3, 2006. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

From Yahoo Images




I wonder if the tortoise will make it to the launch pad before they blast off the damn thing.
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Cool views of Earth from different satellites

http://www.fourmilab.ch/earthview/satellite.html
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4237800.stm

13 billion light years = 122990400000000000000000 kilometers. There will be no stopping for lunch there.

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