Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Leap Forward in Tech: Artifical Gravity!

Honestly, the state of science reporting in this country is deplorable. This bit of drivel today from David Perlman of the SF Chronicle:
Working two at a time, spacewalkers Michael J. Massimino, Michael T. Good, John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel labored tirelessly through five ventures into the large and weightless cargo bay of Atlantis. Their colleagues, comfortable in the artificial gravity of the shuttle's main cabin, guided, encouraged and applauded them as they worked.
Mr Perlman, artificial gravity only works in Star Trek. I suppose it might be possible to spin the shuttle end-on-end to simulate a small gravitational force in either end of the craft, but that would cause chaos for the astronauts trying to work in the cargo bay. Exercise a little gray matter when you write, dude.

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