Well, we survived to Wednesday! YAY US! :-) We rock!
Now, what's going on...
Mayhem! Chaos! ... animals... and I got a dose of poison ivy. Blasted stuff was hiding in the periwinkle and ambushed me. Fortunately I have a mild reaction to it, but memo to self, go kill that stuff.
Has anyone used freeze-spray on weeds? Like an electronics coolant? B/c some things only die if they freeze, and I really won't see much subzero weather down here anytime soon. If I can get some roots frozen? Smackdown! (Looking at the ivy and kudzu!)
Today in 2011, ten years ago, NASA's final space shuttle mission was completed. Atlantis landed, and that was that. In the years of the program, the five shuttles flew combined over 500 millions miles, and carried over 350 people into space. Only two, despite the odds, ever crashed: Columbia on re-entry, Challenger on take-off.
Columbia had a flaw in the heat-shielding tiles on re-entry. When the shuttle entered the atmosphere at speed, the heat got past the protective tiles, wrecked internal wing strucutre, and made the shuttle uncontrollable. It broke up over Texas. The shielding that broke off hit the leading edge of a wing, which in aerodynamics is basically the end of the game. You don't recover from that even in planes, let alone something coming in hot from space.
Challenger experienced a catastrophic explosive failure on take-off when an o-ring joint failed, and the extrusion of fuel gases caused a fuel tank to detach. At high speed. Which meant, again, aerodynamic failure, and the vehicle broke up at roughly 48 thousand feet above sea level.
RIP, SHuttle Program. For my generation, not something taken for granted, but a soaring hope into the world science fiction predicted... And gone in my lifetime. *sigh*
On a side note, the program's creators were, as a group, rather amazed they only had these two, since the low-bid nature of contracting the work meant that some predicted they'd never get off this "light". Creepy but true. Budget pressure kills, in short.
Well, I'm off to bed again. I slept little. I had agonizing abomdinal pain from girl-related stuff and it led to nausea, so now I'm gonn ajust sip some rehydration formula and recover. Whoever wrote the song "I love being a girl" was obviously a *guy* (no offense, gentlemen!).
HUGS to all!
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