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A Rough Day, Belatedly, for a Science {Fiction} Geek

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Feb. 3rd, 2003 | 03:56 am
mood: numbnumb

I don't watch TV, and I happened to skip the newspaper on Saturday. So, around 1400 CST Sunday, I saw the extra-bold headline of the Austin-American Statesman in its vending machine. I felt my world get just a little smaller.

As almost always happens in such moments, the Universe sent a single, anonymous witness. A slacker, this time. He followed my gaze; saw my silent tears. "It's a real shame," he offered, aloof. "Yeah," was my understatement. "We're not gonna make it if we can't get off this planet."

"Maybe that's the point," he muttered, as he walked away.

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from: thedward
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 08:54 am (UTC)
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One of my most vivid memories from childhood is watching the first shuttle launch on tv when I was in kindergarten. Even more vivid is my memory of watching the challenger disaster. Then there was this. It didn't seem real at first. I guess it never does. So now I mourn again. I still long for the day that I can cast aside the fetters of gravity, if only for a bit.

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from: ex_ampere443
date: Feb. 3rd, 2003 11:01 am (UTC)
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Ahhh, but you can!
I did a science experiment with NASA last summer and tested it on the KC-135 plane. It flies parabolas: 2G on ascent and "weightless conditions" on freefall! It is undoubtedly the best thing I have ever done.

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