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#76851 - 07/24/02 02:50 PM things from cosmos
vika Offline
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(from another tread)
>Do we really want to pat ourselves on the back for things >>like the space programme (come on, how has it bettered >life on Earth?

I am not talking about obvious ones like satellites (sputniks!) working for metheorology, navigation and Internet. As far as I know Pampers were first used by asronauts for work in the open space.

And believe me Pampers are very useful in some situations in life!

May be somebody knows some Good Things from Cosmos Programme?




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#76852 - 07/24/02 07:08 PM Re: things from cosmos
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Apart from (hah!) the ubiquitous non-stick pan, did not the rush to rocketry yield us kevlar, now widely used to achieve high strength-to-weight ratios in other vehicles?

(and I somehow just like that word, kevlar...)


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#76853 - 07/24/02 07:57 PM Re: things from cosmos
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O-rings.. much to our dismay.

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#76854 - 07/24/02 09:43 PM Re: things from cosmos
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as a child(aged 7) when they landed on the moon, what I was given was a sense of wonder, of vision, of people doing something for all... to explore, to continue to "reach for the stars", even though the nation was embroiled in a war that divided its citizens.
it's time to go back... and beyond...

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#76855 - 07/24/02 09:55 PM Re: things from cosmos
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the ubiquitous non-stick pan

You mean Teflon?

And we wonder why Reagan was so interested in StarWars . . .


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#76856 - 07/24/02 10:01 PM Re: the planet Teflon
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yeah ~ why do I sense a sucker punch coming, Jazzo?


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#76857 - 07/25/02 04:24 AM The moon and beyond
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> it's time to go back... and beyond...

We should perhaps look a little further into ourselves before we worry about getting man beyond the moon. I'm all for unmanned exploration, but the ISS for example is a farce. As to the question of what space exploration has given us, I'd say 'Not enough to warrant a mention in Q&A!'. Now, language on ther other hand...


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#76858 - 07/25/02 07:30 AM Re: The moon and beyond
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In reply to:

We should perhaps look a little further into ourselves before we worry about getting man beyond the moon.


well, maybe, but I think we need some external project to get our minds out of the rut. life can be different than it is, and while I'm the first in line for introspection, it's not the most useful thing for community building.

oh, and let's not forget "Tang"...



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#76859 - 07/25/02 07:41 AM Re: The moon and beyond
Bean Offline
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and Velcro, or so they say.


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#76860 - 07/25/02 07:54 AM Re: things from cosmos
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Our lives would be so much better now had our ancestors just learned to accept their lot in life.

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