5 thoughts on “Must be OK…Whitey’s on the moon

  1. Tom Corbett says:

    NASA spends $1 billion for a launch tower that leans, may only be used once : Vice President Mike Pence may visit the launch tower today. https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/nasa-spends-1-billion-for-a-launch-tower-that-leans-may-only-be-used-once/ “According to a new report in NASASpaceflight.com, the expensive tower is “leaning” and “bending.” For now, NASA says, the lean is not sufficient enough to require corrective action, but it is developing contingency plans in case the lean angle becomes steeper. These defects raise concerns about the longevity of the launch tower and increase the likelihood that NASA will seek additional funding to build a second one. In fact, it is entirely possible that the launch tower may serve only for the maiden flight of the SLS rocket in 2020 and then be cast aside. This would represent a significant waste of resources by the space agency.” See also https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/02/sls-ml-leaning-not-corrective-work/ “As with all large projects, design changes were added during the initial construction phase, including the winning concept from the Emergency Egress System (EES), a roller coaster car system that would race astronauts – and/or pad crews – away from a major incident with the vehicle. Engineers from Disney were cited as members of the large design team.”

    • Flimflammery says:

      “Trump Wants a Space Station Orbiting Around the Moon : NASA is quietly asking private companies to bid on the development of a new space station that would orbit the moon starting in 2022. But why?” (Daily Beast 07.02.18) https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-wants-a-space-station-orbiting-around-the-moon According to a former NASA scientist, “China seems on track to send astronauts to the moon by the late 2020s, if not sooner.” In that context, he added, America’s new moon station represents a kind of extraterrestrial P.R. stunt – a shiny piece of hardware that the US could put in place before China’s taikonauts step foot on the moon.

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