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May 15

A Rocket To Nowhere (Idle Words)

A Rocket To Nowhere (Idle Words) Most of the really wrong design decisions in the Shuttle system — the side-mounted orbiter, solid rocket boosters, lack of air-breathing engines, no escape system, fragile heat protection — were the direct fallout of this design phase, when tight budgets and onerous Air Force requirements forced engineers to improvise […]

Feb 22

The Smell of Space

The best description I can come up with is metallic; a rather pleasant sweet metallic sensation. It reminded me of my college summers where I labored for many hours with an arc welding torch repairing heavy equipment for a small logging outfit. It reminded me of pleasant sweet smelling welding fumes. That is the smell of space.

ISS Science Officer Don Pettit: Expedition Six Space Chronicles #4
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