By timothy from Slashdot's april-fools! department
According to a story from CNN, "A piece of a debris from a Russian Cosmos satellite passed close enough to the International Space Station on Saturday that its crew was ordered into escape capsules as a precaution, NASA said.
The six crew members were told to take shelter late Friday in their Soyuz capsules after it was determined there was a small possibility the debris could hit the station, the U.S. space agency said in a statement."
This isn't the first time it's happened
, either. The escape capsules (actually, they're Soyuz spacecraft
) must be nice to have on hand, but I'd hate to have to test their efficacy.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's real-world-conditions-sorta department
The L.A. Times reports that 12-year-old Arturo Valdenegro's winning entry in a paper-airplane contest gotupscaled to slightly larger dimensions
, courtesy of Pima Air & Space Museum's Giant Paper Airplane Project
, and flown, via helicopter assistance, in the Arizona desert. Slightly larger, in this case, means the plane based on Valdenegro's designs "was 45 feet long with a 24-foot wingspan and weighed in at a whopping 800 pounds," constructed of a tough, corrugated material called falcon board. Unfortunately, the tow didn't take the plane as high as planned (only 2,703 feet, instead of four or five thousand) so the resulting flight was brief and destructive — which doesn't make the accompanying launch video any less fun to watch, though I wish it showed more of the flight, including its end. (I tend to always make the same kind of acrobatic glider; do you have any good paper-airplane hints?)Read Replies (0)