giovedì, agosto 11, 2005

Mattone con le ali

Il nostro caro shuttle è tornato a casa, se ne parlava oggi in mensa con Shadow(il gobbo) qua una parte dell'intervista rilasciata dall'equipaggio.
During the computer-controlled descent, Discovery bled off excess energy and reduced its speed by performing a series of four banks. The shuttle streaked across the California coast from the southwest and flew north of Los Angeles on a course that took it between Oxnard and Ventura. A characteristic double sonic boom could be heard over Edwards as the craft passed overhead.
Once Discovery's velocity dropped below the speed of sound, Colonel Collins took over the controls and brought the spacecraft - now, essentially, a brick with wings - in for its approach. She executed a 196-degree turn to line up with Edwards' 15,000-foot concrete runway 2-2. Main gear touched down and the parachute was deployed; the nose gear touched down immediately after, at 8:11 a.m. Eastern time, one minute ahead of schedule.

Per rimanre in tema astronomico, si sta scegliendo il nome per il decimo pianeta, nella top ten al momento troviamo
  • Persephone
  • Peace (or Pax)
  • Galileo
  • Xena
  • Rupert
  • Bob
  • Titan
  • Nibiru
  • Cerberus
  • Loki

Perchè non Antani?

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