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NASA

NASA Tests All-Composite Prototype Crew Module 67 67

coondoggie writes "With an eye toward building safer, lighter and tougher spacecraft, NASA said today its prototype space crew module made up of composite materials handled tests simulating structural stresses of launch and atmospheric reentry. The idea behind NASA's Composite Crew Module project is to test new structural materials for possible future NASA spacecraft. According to NASA, composite materials are being looked at because they are stiff and lightweight and can be formed into complex shapes that may be more structurally efficient. In space travel, where every additional pound of weight drives costs higher, any weight savings provides increased payload capacity and potentially reduces mission expense."
Space

Space Photos Taken From Shed Stun Astronomers 149 149

krou writes "Amateur astronomer Peter Shah has stunned astronomers around the world with amazing photos of the universe taken from his garden shed. Shah spent £20,000 on the equipment, hooking up a telescope in his shed to his home computer, and the results are being compared to images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 'Most men like to putter about in their garden shed,' said Shah, 'but mine is a bit more high tech than most. I have fitted it with a sliding roof so I can sit in comfort and look at the heavens. I have a very modest set up, but it just goes to show that a window to the universe is there for all of us – even with the smallest budgets. I had to be patient and take the images over a period of several months because the skies in Britain are often clouded over and you need clear conditions.' His images include the Monkey's head nebula, M33 Pinwheel Galaxy, Andromeda Galaxy and the Flaming Star Nebula, and are being put together for a book."

Comment: Food for fuel program? (Score 0) 581 581

Apparently being a "CERN physicist" doesn't prevent you from being an biased loud mouth, ignoring evidence and spinning "facts" for your personal agenda. Besides, haven't you heard the *REAL* US gov supported solution? Simply burn your food supplies as fuel. Problem solved.

Comment: Re:Google search "Go" (Score 0) 831 831

I _swear_ that I used a very simple programming language in the late '80s called "GO"....but when I Google, all I get is _Google_ At least wikipedia gives you a bit more info. It was on some proprietary dumb network terminal system that came out of UoWaterloo, I think. Can't really remember grade 11, sigh. All the language seemed to be targeted for was drawing lines on the screen. Anyone?

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