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Space Staion Rail Road...out of this world

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by seven.13, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. seven.13

    seven.13 Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 5, 2000 Messages: 3,572 Likes Received: 19
    CNN) -- The space shuttle Atlantis roared in orbit Monday afternoon, bound for the international space station with seven astronauts and the building blocks of the first railroad in space.

    The 11-day mission to the space station was delayed from Thursday when a fuel line ruptured and spewed flammable hydrogen hours before launch.

    NASA technicians repaired the line over the weekend. And while strong winds threatened to postpone the launch again Monday, the conditions remained calm enough for the shuttle to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center off shortly after 4:30 p.m. EDT.

    Atlantis should dock with the space station Wednesday, after which shuttle astronauts will conduct four spacewalks to install a variety of expensive pieces of hardware.
    The main one is a squat, three-dimensional, metal trapezoid replete with electrical wires, cables and computers. The $600 million truss will enable future research and construction projects on the expanding station.
    The 44-foot (13-meter) long, 13.5-ton structure will have railroad tracks attached to it. In the future, a railcar will shuttle the station's robotic arm, allowing it to grasp and move massive pieces of equipment around the modular outpost.

    Atlantis is bringing the first railroad segment along with the $190 million railcar. The track is slated to eventually stretch more than 360 feet (110 meters).

    Designing the first railroad for the harsh conditions of space has been no easy task, said NASA engineers.

    "These rails will run in temperatures far hotter than any desert and far colder than any mountain," said Tom Farell of NASA's Johnson Space Center in a statement.

    Moreover, "we've done a lot of work to make certain it can't jump the tracks ... during all the station's activities, like re-boosting its orbit or having visiting vehicles dock."

    The shuttle will also carry along scientific experiments. One known as the Photosynthetic Experiment and System Testing and Operation, or PESTO, could lead to better space food.

    The wheat growth project, which will remain on the station at least two months, could help scientists determine how to grow grains in space, raising the prospect of astronauts baking their own bread.

    The research "will provide important knowledge necessary for future interplanetary travel," said NASA project manager David Cox.

    etc etc etc

    Heres the article on CNN

    I thought the little animation was pretty cool...
     
  2. slersky

    slersky New Jack

    Joined: Feb 22, 2002 Messages: 4 Likes Received: 0
    I just did a report on this at school this morning, it's crazy
     
  3. seven.13

    seven.13 Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 5, 2000 Messages: 3,572 Likes Received: 19
    http://europe.cnn.com/interactive/space/0204/space.railcar/pop.space.railcar.gif'>

    [img]http://europe.cnn.com/interactive/space/0204/space.railcar/pop.space.railcar.2.gif'>
     
  4. bigguy

    bigguy Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 12, 2001 Messages: 1,557 Likes Received: 0
    Now thats a mission!
     
  5. dukeofyork

    dukeofyork Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 9, 2000 Messages: 1,589 Likes Received: 1
    why do i feel like playing with legos suddenly?
     
  6. kaesthebluntedwonder

    kaesthebluntedwonder Elite Member

    Joined: May 16, 2000 Messages: 3,066 Likes Received: 1
    remember folks, pick up your cans when youre done..and dont go over the numbers
     
  7. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    Yeah, and keep an eye out for "snags" that could tear your space suit.
     
  8. sectr

    sectr Member

    Joined: Oct 29, 2000 Messages: 854 Likes Received: 0
    oh golly gosh ! alll the more reason so make a commercialized mission
    into space. :idea: Who will be the first to hit the space train !!! Somebody will do it....eventualy. Ohhh wow, just the thought makes me dRooL, can you imagine the flix!! Ba, BLing !!! he he he he he heeh eh eh e...nice :)
     
  9. ~KRYLON2~

    ~KRYLON2~ 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 13, 2001 Messages: 10,443 Likes Received: 192
    rite
     
  10. Southern kid

    Southern kid Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 19, 2000 Messages: 3,965 Likes Received: 0
    inky..i've been trying to email you. drop me a line...i have some business to attend to. ;)
     
  11. Beep

    Beep Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 15, 2001 Messages: 138 Likes Received: 0
    whats up people!! long time no type. ink, how did the crew get together go? and how ya been southern? holla at me chozer.
     
  12. jus

    jus Guest

    say good bye to dripps!
     
  13. seven.13

    seven.13 Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 5, 2000 Messages: 3,572 Likes Received: 19
    Southern, I'm about to run off to school, but ill write you from there or tonite! im sure i can work what you need out ;)

    Donald...everyone is low on funds and we havent all met up yet..haha soon...soon...
     
  14. HAL

    HAL Guest

    I don't think paint would work well in space. :rolleyes:
     
  15. kaesthebluntedwonder

    kaesthebluntedwonder Elite Member

    Joined: May 16, 2000 Messages: 3,066 Likes Received: 1
    INK i got your pack, it was very nice and i appreciate it bvery much...send thin caps next time tho :crazy: :crazy: :p

    i willlll try and pput somethin together for you this week but im too drunk right now PEACE
     
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