...Prove Their Worth...

"Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth
by hitting back." - Piet Hein

A kind of running diary and rambling pieces on my struggles with assorted books, classes, and other things, as they happen. You must be pretty bored to be reading this...

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Fuck. Columbia is gone - burned up on reentry. Somehow, this hit me more immediatly and perhaps harder than did 9/11. This brought tears to my eyes, and I had to sit down when I turned on the TV.

The disgraceful visionless money-fuckers in Congress will probably use this to cut NASA's funding even further.

There are still three people stuck on the ISS. How the fuck will they get down? Certainly, the remaining US shuttles are grounded for years now, if not forever. They've a Soyuz escape capsule up there, and I suppose they could ride down in that thing. Or the Russians will send up a rocket. They won't be stranded. But damn, coming down in a Soyuz will be no picnic. The Soyuz experiences 8-9 gees on reentry, compared with the Shuttle's 2 gees or so. These guys have been in zero-g for what, three months or more? They'd survive, certainly - the Russians have done it before, after spending more than a year up there. But it would be no picnic at all.



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