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Shatner Tweets Astronaut; Internet Goes Crazy!

Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Television, Weird News, Weird Science with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2013 by ghostradioworld

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It was a normal day on Twitter until William Shatner did this:

@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space? MBB

And then Commander Hadfield did this:
@WilliamShatner Yes, Standard Orbit, Captain. And we’re detecting signs of life on the surface.
After the jump, a taste of how the Internet responded.
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Is There Too Much Space Junk?

Posted in Weird News, Weird Science with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by ghostradioworld

A recent study by the National Research Council finds that space junk  …

has reached a tipping point, with enough currently in orbit to continually collide and create even more debris, raising the risk of spacecraft failures.

Well, it was bound to happen.   Us humans, despite efforts to the contrary, are messy beasts.  Where we go, we inevitably leave a trail of rubbish behind us.  Space, it seems, is no different.  But now, as is often the case with our trash,  it’s gotten dangerous.  So what do we do about it?

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Soyuz Rocket Blasts Off

Posted in Weird Science with tags , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by ghostradioworld

Only moments ago, the Soyuz rocket (TMA-01M) blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome for a rendezvous with the Internation Space Station.  This flight is coming only days after the 53rd anniversary of Sputnik.  This is part of larger mission to revitalize the ISS.

Some interesting links after the jump …

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Holy, Stowaways! — Bat Tries to Hitch a Ride on Space Shuttle!

Posted in Weird News, Weird Science with tags , , , on March 19, 2009 by ghostradioworld

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From CNN:

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) — A bat that apparently had trouble flying instead tried to hitch a ride on the space shuttle Discovery, NASA officials said.

The animal was last seen clinging on the foam of the external tank of the space shuttle moments before the Discovery launched, officials said.

NASA officials had hoped the bat would fly away on its own, but admitted the bat probably died quickly during Discovery’s climb into orbit.

Discovery’s seven-member crew, which lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, is on a 14-day mission to deliver supplies needed to expand the International Space Station.

NASA officials noticed the bat before shuttle’s liftoff and brought in a wildlife expert to look at video images of it. The expert said it appeared to be a free-tailed bat that probably had a broken left wing and an injured right shoulder or wrist.

The launch pads at the space center are near the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, so NASA has sirens to scare away animals that get near the shuttles.

The crew of the Discovery safely docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday. It was unclear whether its stowaway was still clinging to the shuttle.

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