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eggshaped
162404.  Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:48 pm Reply with quote

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Somewhere, altho I cannae find it, we have the report that the moon smells of gunpowder, but did you know that space itself smells of


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Sorry Garrick, beat you to the punch there.

 
Gray
162839.  Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:50 am Reply with quote

Brave of her to expose her naked nostrils to the vacuum. I wonder what the inside of a space-suit smells like. If you're not too scared, that is...

 
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163219.  Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:09 am Reply with quote

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Molly Cule
165271.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:17 am Reply with quote

Neil Armstrong, when flying by rocket up to the moon, says he felt like getting out and going sunbathing.

'the surface looked very warm and inviting. It was the sort of situation in which you felt like going out there in nothing but a swimming suit to get a little sun. From the cockpit, the surface seemed to be tan. It's hard to account for that, because later when I held this material in my hand, it wasn't tan at all. It was grey, black and so on. It was some kind of lighting effect, but out the window, the surface looks more like light desert sand than black sand.'

Neil Armstrong from The book of exploration, RH Tenison.

 
Molly Cule
165272.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:17 am Reply with quote

He thought the earth looked like a pea

"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."

 
Molly Cule
165278.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:29 am Reply with quote

Astronauts on the moon can't hear their own breathing amplified inside their mask like in the movies, that just doesn't happen. What they CAN hear is their space suits which hum as they pump to circulate fluid.

 
Molly Cule
165280.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:32 am Reply with quote

We all know what was said when Apollo landed on the moon but how about at lift off? Houston said 'Tranquility Base, you're cleared for lift off.' And Buzz Aldrin said 'Roger, we're number on of the runway.'

 
Molly Cule
165283.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:38 am Reply with quote

If we run the Eric the Red discovering Greenland and calling it GREENland purely as a PR exercise then here is an additional note.

His son Leif Ericsson is believed by some to be the first European to step foot on America. He named it "in accordance with the good things they found in it" including lots of vines and grapes, they calling it Vinland meaning Wineland.

s oxford book of exploration

 
eggshaped
165285.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:39 am Reply with quote

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We all know what was said when Apollo landed on the moon


Did we ever use this as a general ignorance question? Or did we think the answer was a bit boring?

more here anyway

 
Molly Cule
165294.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:46 am Reply with quote

Theodore Roosevelt was not only responsible for the Teddy bear, he also called his son Kermit. : )

 
Jenny
165315.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:15 am Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:


His son Leif Ericsson is believed by some to be the first European to step foot on America. He named it "in accordance with the good things they found in it" including lots of vines and grapes, they calling it Vinland meaning Wineland.

s oxford book of exploration


There's good evidence for a Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, but decidedly skeletal evidence for a Viking presence anywhere in the USA. A Viking silver penny was found in Brooklin, Maine, but no evidence of how it got there or when, and no other evidence of Viking presence.

You can find a discussion of the evidence here.

 
Molly Cule
165374.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:54 am Reply with quote

An entrepeneur in Nevada has set himself up as a moon real estate agent. Dennis Hope sells plots of lunar real estate at $20 (10) an acre. He exploited a loophole in the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and he has been claiming ownership of the Earth's Moon - and seven planets and their moons - for more than 20 years.

So far he has sold more than 400 million acres (1.6 million sq km), leaving a further eight billion acres still up for grabs.

Buyers include Hollywood stars, large corporations - including the Hilton and Marriot hotel chains - and even former US presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. George W Bush is also said to be a stake holder.

Mr Hope claims to be selling 1,500 lunar properties a day. He allocates land by simply closing his eyes and pointing to a map of the Moon.

No government has yet recognised the lunar sales as legally binding
"It's not very scientific but it's kinda fun," he says. It is fun that has already made him $9m (4.5m).

 
Molly Cule
165375.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:56 am Reply with quote

An extremely rare gas called helium 3 is trapped in the lunar soil. Scientists believe that this helium 3 could be used to create a new source of almost inexhaustible, clean, pollution-free energy on Earth. A metric ton of helium 3 would supply 1/6th of the British Isles' energy needs.

Not everybody is happy with the idea of exploiting the Moon.

Edgar Mitchell was a member of the 1971 Apollo 14 lunar mission. He is worried that, in our rush to exploit it, we could also destroy valuable scientific information.

"As far as how the Universe works, we're just barely out of the trees. Until we know what the Moon is really all about, the idea of trying to commercialise it is, in my opinion, a misplaced idea," he argues.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6533169.stm

 
dr.bob
165551.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 4:27 am Reply with quote

Molly Cule wrote:
An entrepeneur in Nevada has set himself up as a moon real estate agent. Dennis Hope sells plots of lunar real estate at $20 (10) an acre. He exploited a loophole in the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and he has been claiming ownership of the Earth's Moon - and seven planets and their moons - for more than 20 years.

So far he has sold more than 400 million acres (1.6 million sq km), leaving a further eight billion acres still up for grabs.
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It is fun that has already made him $9m (4.5m).


I read this in the news recently and couldn't help thinking that someone must have done their sums wrong.

400 million acres at $20 an acre is a turnover of 8 billion dollars. So how come he's only made $9m out of it? I can't believe that his overheads are that high!

 
Flash
165586.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:16 am Reply with quote

The sums in these stories never do add up. It's enough to make you question the other thing they all have in common, which is the inclusion of the words
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Buyers include Hollywood stars
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I like the Helium 3, though.

 

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