There go my hopes and dreams of being a European Astronaut. *sigh*
How about instead of playing make believe we get off our asses and send some people to mars and hell other planets too.
On an entirely different note, why the fuck can I not view my electric bill online. This is Seattle in the 21st Century. Now I have go dig through my pile o'unopened bills to find the damn one from the City. Fuck you Seattle for expecting, ney requiring, me to open my mail.
obligatory "Get your ass to Mars"
The contestants on Big Brother are not strictly speaking "people". The test has some validity.
@3...I can see mine online. Go here: https://gate.link2gov.com/webapp/seattle/publicutilities/(ylttqgbwwltvi0553h0nfs55)/Default.aspx
Type in your info and it will tell you how much you owe.
Damn! And I was going to pack my bags tonight, pre-flight!
yes, please promptly send the entire cast from every season of big brother (and every other reality tv show while you're at it) to mars.
Jameyb do you realize what kind of damage that many brain-damaged, ego-centric, attention-seeking freaks can do to a planet?
Just look at what they've done to ours.
Didn't Pauly Shore make this movie, like, a million years ago?
Thanks Callie, but thats not really want I m looking for. I don't just want to see how much I owe I want to see my energy breakdown by month day, hour etc. Like many I want to cut down on my energy use. PSE provides a cool website were I can track how much gas I am using by month hand by the day of the week. I can compare that to last year and to other houses like mine. There is no reason the city can't do the same. Maybe then they would not even have to send the bill.
I knew the dual citizenship status of myself and my son would come in handy some day!
Yay, I win for once! Too bad I'm fat!
Will they have to wear the astronaut diapers?
Hmm, you get the worst part of the experience - 1.5 years in uncomfortable quarters - but you don't get the good part - going to mars or even space.
since were on about space exploration and science on this slog, I have a burning question that i may just ask Nasa myself someday.
Heres a tidbit from teh MSNBC report of teh shuttles delayed entry to Earth and what bothers me is Why does it allways have to have a headquarters in florida which has shitty weather allmost all the time.
Wouldn't California, New Mexico, Nevada, all those deserts and flatlands and have plenty of area and would be perfect for a base. Why waste ok here it is(copy paste)
'NASA had hoped to bring Atlantis home to Florida, but bad weather two days straight forced them to divert it to California — a move that will cost $1.7 million because the shuttle has to be ferried back to Kennedy Space Center atop a jumbo jet.'
why not just have two bases of operation for launching space shuttles. If one is having storms then just land it at edwards and keep it their till next launch.
WTF is so special that florida has just made it so the NASA and I'm sure Governments of our country is spending big million dollar bucks to fly a shuttle for no good reason? AAAgh. Its been buggin me for days. what a waste of precious time and money. I'm all for NASA but can't they just have a base in a better place if its weather they freak out about?
@16: Two reasons.
First of all, Florida is nicely surrounded by water so launching from there reduces the risk of spacecraft bits landing on people. The solid rocket boosters, for example, peel off the shuttle (fuel tank, actually) and parachute back down to the ocean.
Secondly, the closer you are to the equator, the less fuel that is required to reach orbit. Rocket fuel probably costs more than $3/gallon, so launching from Florida might actually save $1.7M in launch costs alone.
Oh, and I'm sure building and maintaining two shuttle launch facilities will cost a bit more than $1.7M as well...
thanks I feel better nwo. I just wanted to know
Beat me to it BAS.
I would also add, that in fact the original STS budget plans DID call for two launch facilities, the one a KSC in FL, and one at Vandenberg AFB in CA.
The Vandenberg site was intended primarily to launch shuttles carrying military payloads (e.g. spy satellites) into polar, as opposed to equitorial orbits. However, the Air Force discontinued operations in the late 1980's due to budgetary and political considerations, and the complex was put into mothballs before ever being used.
BAS, shuttle fuel (liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen) actually costs a lot *less* than $3/gallon. But they use 1.5 million lb of the stuff per flight.
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