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Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Space Shuttle for Sale, NASA Discount Edition

NASA Space Shuttle STS-107911Hey, anyone out there got a spare $29 million? NASA has heavily discounted the cost of a space shuttle as the time approaches to sell 'em, and I could really use one to help with my morning commute.

It could also help me get a prime parking spot if I time re-entry right.

Leave any thoughts in comments, including any reasonable offers re: how to pick up one of these babies while the prices are still so low.

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Sunday Evening Open Thread: Atlantis Landing, Trailblazing Edition

Here's a video clip of the recent landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis as it returned from its latest mission.

Some other fun stuff on the science and technology front -- specifically historical in nature, can be found here:

"Trailblazing" website reveals 350 years of science
Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:49pm EST

By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A gruesome account of a 1666 blood transfusion and amusing notes about how an 8-year-old Mozart responded to tests of his genius were published on Monday as part of an online history of scientific endeavor.

The "Trailblazing" website was created by Britain's influential science academy the Royal Society, and includes handwritten papers on some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past three and a half centuries.

Neat stuff, eh?

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Open Thread -- Debris-Dodging Edition

"Space -- the final frontier...vast, mostly empty...and HEY -- WATCH OUT! DUCK!"

(no, not a ~real~ duck, but some flying space debris)

From the Associated Press: 

Discovery nears space station as debris nears, too

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Seven astronauts raced to the international space station aboard space shuttle Discovery on Monday, while NASA debated whether the orbiting outpost will need to move aside to dodge part of an old Soviet satellite.


NASA has moved the space station out of the way of debris eight times in the past, most recently in August, according to NASA records.

...Read the full story by clicking here...

Gee, you'd think they'd get a better parking space since they're one of the few Earth-bound agencies that can issue parking passes.

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