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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shtuff

Some things....

:: I have not yet watched all of the existing Star Wars movies back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Maybe someday...but meanwhile, someone has actually overlaid them all on top of one another. Once you get past the opening crawls, which are kind of headache-inducing due to the music not lining up, things get really surreal.

:: Fascinating article on the Soviet space shuttle Buran, which ended up not amounting to anything because the Soviet Union collapsed. Turns out that the Soviets might well have been on the way to designing and building a better shuttle than the United States did, for various reasons.

:: Yeah, Jason had himself a pretty good Saturday a few weeks ago.

Keep reachin' for the stars, folks!

1 comment:

Jason said...

Great article on Buran! I knew of it, of course, and have seen lots of photos over the years, but have never delved into it in any detail and had no idea what the thinking behind the system was. As much I hate to do this -- because you know how I love my American space shuttles -- I have to grudgingly admit that the Soviet system sounds a bit more practical in several respects. I still say the basic shuttle form has value and should have been allowed to evolve (in addition to other types of spacecraft) rather than simply retired and written off as a dead end. In that scenario, our shuttles would've been the prototypes, or at least the Model Ts, and we would've eventually developed better ones... perhaps similar to the Soviet Buran.