Shitte Coverage Of Space Shittio

The landing team at mission control in Darmstadt had to sweat through a tense seven-hour wait that began when Philae dropped from the agency’s Rosetta space probe as both it and the comet hurtled through space at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph).

The beer-gathering team down at the deli had to sweat through a tense several seconds that began when Gomer reached for a beer in the fridge as both Gomer and the beer HURTLED THROUGH SPACE AT 1,339,200 MPH!!!11!!11!!!11!!! (the velocity of our galaxy relative to the universe)


  1. birgerjohansson says

    Let’s see… first we have the velocity of the comet relative to the sun. Then we have the velocity of the sun relative to the rest of the galactic spiral arm (I think it is something like 30 km/s).
    -To get a competent coverage of a space mission, we should have space probes with “strong” AI commenting their own journeys in that odd, flat voice of HAL9000.
    BTW I miss when the TV coverage of NASA (a different space agency than the one operating Rosetta) featured a *beep* every few moments to mark the passage of time, should it be necessary to make a forensic evaluation of a failed space journey. I think the checkered pattern painted on the early rockets also were intended to make it easy to track the exact movements in the seconds before an eventual break-up. Spaceflight, the travel that assumes you will explode in-flight.

  2. DonDueed says

    birgerjohansson, you may be referring to Quindar tones. They weren’t used to mark time as you suggest; rather, they keyed the transmitters (necessarily located remotely around the world) on and off using the same audio phone lines that carried the voice of the capsule communicator. Basically they were a “push to talk” and “done talking” signal, and were controlled by the CapCom at mission control.

    They aren’t needed anymore since digital phone lines are cheap and you can run a separate control channel. And of course they only applied to crewed missions since there is no need for a voice signal to a robot — not yet anyway!

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