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Suggesting Innovative Uses For Retired Space Shuttles

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the would-make-an-awesome-closet dept.

NASA 127

coondoggie writes "It was a sad event when the iconic NASA Space Shuttle program ended last week with the landing of Atlantis. After the last mission the flying shuttles will all be assigned to museums where millions will admire them as static displays. But wouldn't it be cool if they were put to use in places where you might not expect?" (Best viewed with the slide-show consolidating software of your choice.)

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127 comments

This article is... (5, Interesting)

amstrad (60839) | about 3 years ago | (#36863326)

useless, uninformative and not even funny. So perfect for Slashdot?

Re:This article is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863338)

This.

Re:This article is... (1)

linuxgeek64 (1246964) | about 3 years ago | (#36864304)

That. These. Those. Can we stop listing demonstratives now?

Re:This article is... (3, Informative)

OzPeter (195038) | about 3 years ago | (#36863348)

useless, uninformative and not even funny.

And tacky.

Feel free to add your own adjectives

Re:This article is... (5, Informative)

Cwix (1671282) | about 3 years ago | (#36863422)

I'll be the first person to tell someone to stfu when they complain about relevance, or editorial mistakes. This was crap though. Complete and utter crap. The link is nothing more then a slideshow of ten very poorly photoshopped pictures.

Re:This article is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863478)

Right? Not only are these far from the quality of any W1K submission, the tacky ones aren't even up to par for Fark's "Photoshop this" submissions. Even the "Chinese Officials" photoshops are much better done.

And why isn't this in idle?

Re:This article is... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863570)

That'll teach me for actually trying to RTFA for once. Never again!

Re:This article is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863824)

I'm glad I'm not the only one who wants the last 2 minutes of his life back with interest.

Re:This article is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36865234)

I'll be the first person to tell someone to stfu when they complain about relevance, or editorial mistakes. This was crap though. Complete and utter crap. The link is nothing more then a slideshow of ten very poorly photoshopped pictures.

This is /., the article is just a catalyst for the real discussion.

Re: Lame! (4, Insightful)

taiwanjohn (103839) | about 3 years ago | (#36863560)

In fact, I think this takes the cake. Can anyone remember a lamer story ever appearing on this site before? Granted, the competition is stiff, but this has got to be the numero uno.

Re: Lame! (1)

MarcQuadra (129430) | about 3 years ago | (#36863884)

Agreed. I'm glad the users here all see it, because I'm losing faith quickly.

Correction:This article is... (1)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | about 3 years ago | (#36863666)

...wicked.

Re:This article is... (5, Insightful)

GregC63 (1564363) | about 3 years ago | (#36863872)

That was the stupidest fsking thing I have ever seen.

An absolute insult to NASA and the shuttle program.

I can't beleive the web page space was wasted on /.

Network World (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | about 3 years ago | (#36864302)

We need to stop linking to Network World, their content tends to be HuffPo-esque rehashes of press releases and garbage "listicles" like this.

Network World: Just say no.

Re:This article is... (1)

Anonymous Freak (16973) | about 3 years ago | (#36864614)

Yup, I was expecting uses that were "innovative", with at least halfway-serious suggestions. Can the /. editors please make sure to make it obvious when an article is humor instead of trying to lead us to believe it's serious?

Dumbest post ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863332)

Or at least top ten list material!

One question (5, Insightful)

lennier1 (264730) | about 3 years ago | (#36863342)

How did bullshit like that even make it onto the front page???

Re:One question (1)

MyFirstNameIsPaul (1552283) | about 3 years ago | (#36865582)

Do you vote on stories?

What a stupid article (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863346)

Great work, Timmy.

Re:What a stupid article (1, Informative)

Medevilae (1456015) | about 3 years ago | (#36863354)

Never fails to disappoint. :\

Worst "Top Ten" ever. (4, Insightful)

Phantasmagoria (1595) | about 3 years ago | (#36863366)

That was the most stupid slideshow ever. Any random "Top Ten" in http://cracked.com/ [cracked.com] is better than this drivel. Lame!

The sad part is... (4, Insightful)

emc (19333) | about 3 years ago | (#36863370)

none of them are witty or clever.

The ideas are lame, and the photoshops are particularly bad.

Too bad, it could've been funny if some thought was put into it.

Re:The sad part is... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 3 years ago | (#36863842)

Come on, the water-park idea is cool. You hafta give them kudos for that one.

Re:The sad part is... (1)

kbrosnan (880121) | about 3 years ago | (#36863990)

Except that the engines were the Saturn V stage one [wikipedia.org] . All I can say is that was a piece of shit article. I feel dumber for even looking at it.

This is ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863372)

Get this shit off /.

Alien defence (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863374)

Clearly these national treasures should be shipped to the pacific northwest and mounted atop a large metal dome. After the arrival of the alien mammuths from tau ceti (any day soon), they can be borne aloft by a succession of nuclear explosions and play their role in regaining control of the solar system.
http://www.technovelgy.com/graphics/Michael.jpg

Re:Alien defence (1)

confused one (671304) | about 3 years ago | (#36863796)

God is knocking and He wants in bad.

Re:Alien defence (1)

da5idnetlimit.com (410908) | about 3 years ago | (#36863946)

Nahh, what better fate than a .... MONSTER GARAGE DRAGSTER ....
(small cute chutes are even already included)

ah, yes, dibs on the toolbox with titanium cutting torch .... :p

Sad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863382)

It's the best thing ever. We finally stopped with the nostalgia and can focus on reality. Space is a dead-end for people. It's a vacuum.

Re:Sad? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 3 years ago | (#36863628)

We have a planet within our reach that has oceans of hydrocarbons. We'll go back to space because raw materials will become increasingly expensive and damaging to the environment.

Re:Sad? (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | about 3 years ago | (#36864088)

Hydrocarbons would need to get several orders of magnitude more expensive than OPEC's wettest dreams before bringing them in from other planets becomes economically viable.

And if you are concerned about environmental damage, bringing even more of them to earth to contribute to the problem seems a strange way to fix things...

So the article is lame (1)

Megahard (1053072) | about 3 years ago | (#36863386)

Then post your better suggestions here. My idea is to use them as airport shuttles.

Re:So the article is lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863556)

My idea is to drop one on Timothy.

Re:So the article is lame (1)

u38cg (607297) | about 3 years ago | (#36863982)

Put Timothy in one and set course for Andromeda.

Re:So the article is lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36865548)

How about using them as space shuttles?

Stupid (2)

VIPERsssss (907375) | about 3 years ago | (#36863390)

Jesus Christ, that's not even Fark worthy.

Re:Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863470)

What, exactly, does the Lord Jesus have to do with this?

Re:Stupid (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863536)

What, exactly, does the Lord Jesus have to do with this?

Jesus was a feudal land holder? [wikipedia.org] !? And He was preaching all this shit about "meek" and "poor"?!?

Re:Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863724)

Shut up and get back in the fields, peasant!

Re:Stupid (1)

VIPERsssss (907375) | about 3 years ago | (#36864610)

It's Sunday. All expletives should have a religious context, goddamnit.

Not cool (2)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 3 years ago | (#36863400)

Pretty much none of these are actually "cool", except perhaps for the idea about traveling around air show circuits together with the 747. Fake sets of the Space Shuttle would work better for pretty much all of them, although I do have to say using them to line the road would be interesting. Better would be to as one as advertising displays for an Air and Space museum (you know, how they put a fake fighter on a pole. An actual space shuttle would be kinda cool.)

I know it would be impractical/too expensive, but what would be really cool would be launching them into space empty, and putting them into permanent orbit. That would be cool. Perhaps they could even serve as impromptu space stations, but just having them orbiting the Earth forever would be a very fitting retirement. I know, we don't need even more garbage in space, orbits decay, etc. Otherwise, these thing belong in museums, not some kind of advertising for commercial ventures. I mean, come on, a giant Starbucks? Starbucks contributed nothing to space exploration. It would be a horrible abuse of the iconic image for commercial profit to use a shuttle that way.

Now, as part of corporate headquarters for SpaceX... that'd be kinda fitting.

Re:Not cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863680)

I was thinking the best thing realistically would of been to have one left docked at the ISS for an extended period of time, for what purpose- I'm not sure, but piggybacking the shuttle onto a later mission would be more than possible.

Re:Not cool (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | about 3 years ago | (#36863764)

Yeah, I had heard some idea about using it as an emergency escape pod/ extended living room a few years ago on the ISS. Seems like a great idea to me. Or possibly you could use it to make trips to repair satellites in nearby orbits. I guess it just isn't worth the cost. Maintaining it would probably be nearly impossible, given its age.

Re:Not cool (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 3 years ago | (#36863958)

Lots of problems with that. Vacuum welding of lots of things, the fact that the hydrazine that the shuttle uses as primary attitude control is not the sort of thing you want parked out next to the ISS. The fact that it would take another ten years and a billion dollars for NASA to come up with the engineering contingency plans for the thing. And others.

I do like the idea of leaving at least one in orbit. Makes no sense at all, but would be mega cool.

sTOP TEN (1)

poena.dare (306891) | about 3 years ago | (#36863408)

One of the things I've deeply enjoyed about /. was NO TOP TEN LISTS. True this is an arty outside of /. but still...

Best use for retired shuttles (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863426)

Fire The Head Idiot In Charge along with his Communist friends and unconstitutional czars into space. And don't the First Momma of the White House too. A special reward for canceling the space program, tanking the economy, giving us 10% unemployment, giving unborn generations a debt load never before seen in the U.S., illegally giving private investors money to his cronies in the UAW, making us even more dependent on foreign (Arab) oil, kicking Israel and eastern Europe under the bus. And many more things but I'm getting a headache remembering all his screw ups and foreign policy disasters. (japan, England, Mexico, etc).

No, it wouldn't be cool. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863430)

Space shuttles which were built for science. Feel free to call me boring but NO, I don't think turning them into megacorp-feeding commerce icons, hotels or strip clubs is a cool idea. I think it's utterly disrespectful to the time and effort that the people at NASA devoted to them, not to mention distasteful towards the families of the Challenger crew. And I'm not even American. Also, bonus points to the person that rightfully pointed out that picture 4 wasn't a shuttle but a Saturn V.

Re:No, it wouldn't be cool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863826)

Space shuttles which were built for science. Feel free to call me boring but NO, I don't think turning them into megacorp-feeding commerce icons, hotels or strip clubs is a cool idea.

Er, it's meant to be funny.

I can see how you missed that point, as in truth it's not remotely funny (nor clever), but nevertheless that was apparently what they were aiming for.

This is pure garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863446)

...don't even bother to click through.

Wasted (0)

AikonMGB (1013995) | about 3 years ago | (#36863454)

I want the last 30s of my life back.. what a waste of computrons.

How is this not idle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863460)

We've had actual news worth reporting in Idle, and sh*t like this as newsworthy. Someone take the crack away from the slashdot editors.

Stupid slideshow, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863462)

The Russians have been doing this with their old Shuttles for years.

Re:Stupid slideshow, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863510)

There is an awful lot of 'space junk' at Baikonour and Star City. In fact on my last visit to Baikonour I had the distinct feeling that I was visiting a PA Steel town after the works had closed. Junk everywhere.

As for the shuttles, give them to the people. After all, they paid for them.

Have a competition open to every village/town/city in the country. The pitch their ideas. The best and most innovative wins.

Keep one in Florida. The rest? wherever....

Anon because I work for a company that supplies NASA

Pointless article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863496)

...and the images weren't even good/witty photoshops, either. Setting a new standard of mediocrity, I see.

Spoiler alert (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863506)

Article is pretty much lame, outlandish photoshopped images of the shuttles.

So... (1)

Romberg (1041416) | about 3 years ago | (#36863516)

Who made it through all 12? I could only get to 3, then bleah. Crap, crap, crap.

Re:So... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 3 years ago | (#36863720)

Who made it through all 12? I could only get to 3, then bleah. Crap, crap, crap.

You missed the Orangopithicus then.

Don't they know not to let pictures of Big OJ out?

Genetically Modified foodstuff is not to be publicized.

Upgrade them... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863526)

... just in case we need to send Ben Affleck into space.

If I was a techy in a museum receiving a Shuttle.. (1)

Boss, Pointy Haired (537010) | about 3 years ago | (#36863528)

...I'm sorry, but I would just HAVE to try and start it.

Useless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863530)

What a unfunny and useless article! What as waste of time...

Weeeee (2, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | about 3 years ago | (#36863540)

They have wheels, rocket engines, and drag parachutes. I say we take Atlantis and Endeavor out to Utah and have the world's most bitchin' drag race.

Re:Weeeee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863706)

That's a better idea than anything in the so-called "article".

Re:Weeeee (1)

dwillden (521345) | about 3 years ago | (#36863870)

Awesome Idea! Far better than anything in the slide show.

Re:Weeeee (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36865462)

Plus, there are extra seats, so you could have a few spectators along for the ride. YeeeeHAW!

Doesn't this belong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863554)

in Idle??? or maybe Stupid? Photoshop called...they want their software back. Shoehornjob.

Now I'm glad (1)

codename.matrix (889422) | about 3 years ago | (#36863566)

they are going to museums. Damn, that slideshow was shitty.

Wild Horses (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863600)

How about rescuing Spike Spiegel?

Fuck coondoggie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863618)

Seriously dude, you're a sack of shit for putting this crap up.

Hold up the roof of a warehouse? (2)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#36863632)

The Russians used their copy to try and hold up the roof of a collapsing warehouse... that didn't work out so well.

Honestly the most useful thing they could do would be a heck of a lot of destructive testing. You could argue they've already been doing that for the past 30 years, at least twice to failure (along with lots of non-mission impacting single engine failures, leaks, etc). I'm talking a little more extreme, for example, chop the wings up and analyze the heck out of them for the effect of orbital radiation on metal fatigue development patterns, etc. The skin runs at a ridiculously high pressurization, like 15 PSI, everything else in aerospace runs 8 psi max, so chop up the crew cabin and analyze that for pressurization related metal fatigue.

You know how civil / mech engineers are supposedly given iron rings made from "X collapsed bridge" at graduation to remind them not to build stupid things, maybe aerospace engineers (or more appropriately, MBAs) should be given o-ring and ceramic tile necklaces?

Re:Hold up the roof of a warehouse? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 3 years ago | (#36864016)

The Russians used their copy to try and hold up the roof of a collapsing warehouse... that didn't work out so well.

Honestly the most useful thing they could do would be a heck of a lot of destructive testing. You could argue they've already been doing that for the past 30 years, at least twice to failure (along with lots of non-mission impacting single engine failures, leaks, etc). I'm talking a little more extreme, for example, chop the wings up and analyze the heck out of them for the effect of orbital radiation on metal fatigue development patterns, etc. The skin runs at a ridiculously high pressurization, like 15 PSI, everything else in aerospace runs 8 psi max, so chop up the crew cabin and analyze that for pressurization related metal fatigue.

You know how civil / mech engineers are supposedly given iron rings made from "X collapsed bridge" at graduation to remind them not to build stupid things, maybe aerospace engineers (or more appropriately, MBAs) should be given o-ring and ceramic tile necklaces?

They are doing exactly that. One of the big complaints by the receiving museums is that they aren't getting the full Shuttles. The engines, the Reaction Control System [nasa.gov] and a lot of just nuts / bolts / sheet metal ARE going to get analyzed carefully. The museum grade Shuttles will be significantly mockup grade... There was a fairly big argument that at least one of the Shuttles should be left mostly intact (minus the things that are poisonous and / or explosive) but I don't think it went that far.

Interplanetary probe use? Permanent ISS unit? (1)

swb (14022) | about 3 years ago | (#36863646)

I know the space shuttle couldn't be used as a ship for interplanetary travel with a crew, but could an unmanned shuttle serve any purpose -- say as a permanent space station/orbiter around the moon, Mars or some more distant location like Io?

I'm sure there's a lot to count against it, but in their favor, they are paid for -- any retrofit costs would be the only expense, and without the crew and life support requirements the shuttle would lose weight, making it easier to launch beyond earth orbit. But because the shuttle has a lot of extra space, it might make it attractive to add research gear, a daughter satellite/probe, extra fuel, etc.

There's also whatever human space travel research value to be had from simply flying it to Mars and seeing what would happen along the way.

The other idea that occurred to me, why not leave one permanently attached to the ISS? With a crew habitat module, it could have added a lot of extra space to the ISS without the cost of adding another module.

Re:Interplanetary probe use? Permanent ISS unit? (1)

Anne Honime (828246) | about 3 years ago | (#36863726)

he other idea that occurred to me, why not leave one permanently attached to the ISS? With a crew habitat module, it could have added a lot of extra space to the ISS without the cost of adding another module.

I think this one at least has been already put forward, and the answer is "not possible" because hull pressure wasn't engineered to be the same as the ISS and furthermore, the shuttle leaks air too fast (by design) compared to the ISS. It isn't a problem for 2 weeks missions, but it's a liability for becoming part of a station designed to spend years up there as air tight as possible.

I was irritated at peoples comments... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863688)

but then I saw the slide show. What a complete waste for both me, the creator, and whoever posted it.

So... Slow news day, huh ? (1)

Altesse (698587) | about 3 years ago | (#36863722)

I can't believe I lost some precious minutes of my time to read this POS.
The shuttles should and will belong to museums, just like Buran, the russian one, to show present-day and future generations the advancements of technology and the scientific achievements of mankind.
And certainly *not* being "desacralized" by being used as a restaurant or an attraction.

Seriously, though. (1)

dragonhunter21 (1815102) | about 3 years ago | (#36863740)

I always liked the idea of taking a whole shuttle stack, gutting the rocket and fuel-carrying bits out of it, sticking it on a launch platform and locking it down as a permanent exhibit. Build a gift shop and museum into the exhaust vents- looks big enough to support a sizable shop. I know I'd love to see the shuttle as though it were ready to take to the skies.

Convert into hydro farms! (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 3 years ago | (#36863846)

Hell, they're almost perfect containers for hydroponics experiments, and we could start developing horticultural panels for space (well, I've alread done that but getting it to work on shuttle power is another story.)

Under my doormat. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863848)

There I wouldn't expect it.

TX (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863876)

And why the fuck isn't Texas getting one? Coast bias?

Re:TX (1)

Cute Fuzzy Bunny (2234232) | about 3 years ago | (#36863916)

The places where the shuttles are being placed are extremely high traffic tourist areas (#1 and #2 or #3 in the country) and where Texas wanted to put it wasnt.

Re:TX (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864716)

And why the fuck isn't Texas getting one? Coast bias?

They already did. Shuttle Columbia, remember?

Once a month we vote... (1)

Cute Fuzzy Bunny (2234232) | about 3 years ago | (#36863888)

...and whichever politician we vote for gets one to use as a suppository?

I have an idea (1)

ThatsLoseNotLoose (719462) | about 3 years ago | (#36863896)

How about we use them to launch things into orbit? Since, you know, we could really use something like that.

Re:I have an idea (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 3 years ago | (#36864030)

How about we use them to launch things into orbit? Since, you know, we could really use something like that.

Because if you spend the billion dollars to launch a shuttle, you aren't spending a billion dollars to do anything else.

Re:I have an idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36865634)

We have something like that. They're called "rockets." We're pretty good at making them, and they don't even require a half-dozen astronauts to go up and press two buttons to let go of the thing we're putting in orbit.

Japanese roller coaster (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36863914)

They built their own version of Discovery in Japan, surrounded by a roller coaster named "Venus GP" (in a park named "Space World")

http://rcdb.com/1195.htm?p=7246
http://rcdb.com/1195.htm?p=7247

The first picture has been my desktop image for years.

Save yourself the time: here's the list (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 3 years ago | (#36863972)

Here are the titles, verbatim, for their ten "ideas" (I use the term loosely, since these seem to me more like the brain's equivalent of vomiting). The parenthetical statements are my summaries for when their titles may not be sufficient to understand what they meant.

1) A shuttle hotel
2) A gigantic Starbucks
3) SpaceWorld water park
4) Cadillac ranch (stand them on their nose in a line for display)
5) Stunts-R-Us (hire it out as a stunt plane)
6) Corporate team leader (pay former astronauts to do team building exercises in it)
7) The Dark Side of the Moon Theatre (laser lights and a theater setup)
8) The Tang restaurant (a space-themed restaurant)
9) Parabolic Curves (a strip club with zero-g dance poles, but no mention of how zero-g is achieved)
10) Traveling salvation show (piggyback it on the 747 and fly it in air shows to raise money for NASA)

I have no idea how this ended up on /.

Re:Save yourself the time: here's the list (1)

cforceleritas (1130793) | about 3 years ago | (#36864240)

Thanks for the list; I didn't bother clicking past number 3.

Re:Save yourself the time: here's the list (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864374)

Unfortunately, I did. Kept thinking that there had to be a pony in there somewhere...
I've seen it, I can't unsee it.

(note, for the weightless strip club... surely Zero G corp (http://www.gozerog.com/) has
looked into this).

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864006)

At first I thought Idle has turned itself back on for some reason...

Seriously, WTF is this doing in the science section?

Should convert them into these: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864288)

http://www.adventureland-usa.com/aland/media/images/attractions/galleon_.jpg

"Slide-show consolidating software"? (1)

danceswithtrees (968154) | about 3 years ago | (#36864318)

Agreed that this story was fluff but what I found most interesting and possibly useful is the "slide-show consolidating software." I was not aware of such a tool.

Before anyone has a kneejerk lmgtfy response, I tried already -- the majority of hits for "slide-show consolidating software" on the first page refer back to this slashdot article (actually, I used google instead of lmgtfy). If such a thing exists and works with flash slideshows as well the other types (html, javascript, others?) that would be the silver lining in this otherwise crud article.

Re:"Slide-show consolidating software"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864834)

That reference to "slide-show consolidating software" was the only reason I clicked on the link, too. If folks are having us on that such a magical tool exists, so be it, but come clean now before you break my heart. I abhor slideshows like this - they're only designed with one purpose in mind - to move slowly and keep people on a particular page long enough to boost ad revenues. If there's a way to break the images out of the show and display them some other way, even locally, that'd be delightful.

prepare for space flight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864380)

How about this? It hasn't happend before, that a badly flying plane was put into space. Put some rockets under it and push it up. Let's see, what might happen.

In ten plus years of slashdotting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864460)

Worst

Submission.

EVAR.

Re:In ten plus years of slashdotting... (0)

webmistressrachel (903577) | about 3 years ago | (#36865244)

You are of course correct, but, I couldn't resist:-

Worst...

Spelling

Ever!! (There, FTFY!)

Why not put them in Africa? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864536)

After all, I'm sure all the Slashdotters here are convinced that 'diversity is our strength', and 'We're all the same', and that blacks are just as intelligent as whites, and bound to put a man on the moon soon...

Non-whites are the reason your space programme is being destroyed. Non-whites are the reason your nation is turning into a third world country. Idiots.

Why bring them down in the first place (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864772)

For a while now I've been wondering why their final destination was Earth rather than the ISS itself. Are there any specific reasons why a space shuttle could not serve as a permanent external longterm storage facility attached somewhere on the station?

All I want is for this post to be taken down (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36864782)

and for timothy to be fired. Is that too much to ask!?

Even adults would love it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36865568)

Rollercoasters.

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