Clooney to the rescue?
The timing of this leak occurring and the release of the trailer for Gravity is quite coincidental.
The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) is preparing for an emergency spacewalk as early as tomorrow to fix an ammonia leak from the cooling system. Commander Chris Hadfield reported seeing small white flakes floating away from the P6 truss structure of the ISS last night. Mission Control confirmed that the ammonia …
Within certain limits yes. Underwater has problems with signal speed, either the vehicle is using a cable or is restricted to the limites of a static program so a human can be a benefit. But even here most jobs can be done better by remotes and most jobs ARE done by remotes. They do not need life support and if they are lost it's money not lifes.
The big differences between under water and space are:
Under water bases can do useful things from population base to mining to more secure oil drilling with current day tech. Space tech can not do that neither existing nor projected realistic tech
Underwater technology can transport and house the necessary amount of workers
UW Tech can be used. Quite a bit of the possible space tech can not be used for political reasons (Nuclear technology)
So if the EU or whoever wants to finance some underwater habitats for deep sea mining/drilling/fish farming AND those jobs need humans for some tasks - sure
But all useful things in space, including pure science, can be done as well or better with robots.
basically, the evil version of Eadon
There's a scary thought. Eadon's equally zealotous evil twin. We have the makings of a geeky superhero origin story there....
Ok, sorry, I can't keep a straight face. I just had a mental image of Eadon in a penguin shaped Iron Man style suit built from open source hardware diagrams and powered by Debian Wheezy. Yes, it's been that long a week.
Nobody tried to prove anything! Really mmeir, people here expect, and deserve, better trolling than that. Up your game, put a bit of thought into your posts.
Example: You can't really argue with the first man in space - it was a colossally successful troll. Similarly the first men on the moon were colossally successful responses. Do you deny the (at the very least political) real world importance of these events?
As a german Propaganda events have a bad taste for me. And that's all it was. OTOH given that the US program was run by a former SS Major that once requested "better material than the last batch that died to fast " to build his rocket factory so propaganda value may have been high on his agenda. And the UdSSR was even worse in that being quite willing to have people die so they get their propaganda.
From a commercial and scientific point of view the missions where useless. The gathering of probes could have been (and have been) done by robots. They send exactly ONE scientist up and that flight almost got cancelled (Apollo 17)
How many other jobs are there where you might be called on to fix the AC, run a physics experiment, and pilot a high tech craft in one day? The article does make me wonder, though if simply applying chewing gum might not do the trick. Of course, there's the problem of getting it out of the helmet...
Also in the news today is the story about the planned ISS switch over to Linux from MS based solutions. (Loved the quote from the contractors about needing a "stable and reliable" computing platform :-)
So, is Steve Balmer now reduced to taking potshots at the ISS with a superpowered pea shooter in order to save face?
I get the impression from this article (and others from different sources) that this is the only cooling system for the station's power channels. Surely that can't be right? Surely hundreds of brainy rocket scientists would have had the idea of having at least two cooling systems in case one leaks/fails???
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