Category Archives: Science

MathWorld is back!

I know this isn’t sci-fi related, bt it’s good news. Most people who’ve taken University level math classes in recent years have stumbled across MathWorld, an excellent online resource. It disappeared due to legal entanglements, but now it’s back, just in time for me to finish a real analysis assignment…

Atlantis now in Orbit

Since you won’t hear a peep out of the so-called “mainstream media”, I thought I’d hook y’all up with the info you deserve.

While the rest of us snoozed in our beds, NASA put a whole mess of hardware into space. Atlantis’ mission: Add a much-needed Airlock to the ever-growing station. This will be the first of several assembly missions that will require the new station arm (nicknamed “The Big Arm”) to snatch the payload from the orbiter and assemble itself. The Big Arm had been malfunctioning (thus delaying this launch), but it appears to have corrected itself.

What’s more, they’re in a bit of a hurry. Water lines in the new airlock will freeze if they can’t get it installed withing 10 hours of leaving the shuttle’s cargo bay.

Good luck kids!

In related shuttle news, NASA is apparently considering mothballing Columbia, the first space-worthy shuttle. Due to a projected budget shortfall of about $800 million over the next six years, NASA’s looking for ways to cut costs.

How about that? I’ve written my representatives (House | Senate) in Washington, have you?

Endeavour Shuttle Launch Successful

If you tuned in to NASA TV you got to see it live (Nasa.gov or Space.com), except for me since my P.O.S. Compaq decided to lock up at T-minus one-minute-forty

:::Insert sound of PC hitting every step in the stairwell:::

Too bad the mainstream press doesn’t give a damn about these events. Each and every one of these is a major engineering feat but, sadly, we take them for granted.

I’m still miffed that the first woman commander’s mission (one that actually had several major problems including a main engine failure) was buried by the press in favor of coverage of JFK’s spoiled son and his poor choice of a landing strip.

Sound off yourselves! What do you think about NASA’s current state, goals, and future? Should we spend more time going to the moon? Mars? Whatever!