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Thursday, July 28, 2005

30 Years Ago: Apollo-Soyuz

Filed under: | History

Man, I almost forgot about this!

Thirty years ago this month, the USA and CCCP conducted the Apollo-Союз Test Project, when Astronauts and Cosmonauts joined together to show the world that it ain’t all about blowing each other up and that together, Humanity can explore the universe.
This mission was partly inspired by the 1968 motion picture “Marooned,” about a stranded American Apollo mission and its rescue by a Soviet spacecraft. It was also the debut of the Hewlett-Packard HP-65 programmable calculator in space, as a backup for the Apollo main computer.
I even managed to find a picture taken ten years ago at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum…with an analog camera no less!
Here are the Heroes who pulled this mission off and pioneered the international cooperation which endures today aboard the International Space Station:

(L-R: Donald “Deke” Slayton, Thomas Stafford (American Commander), Vance Brand, Alexei Leonov (Soviet Commander), Valery Kubasov.)

An amazing feat…even thirty years later.

Extreme Proliferation

Filed under: | International

HA! Thought I was talking about nuclear proliferation? Not this time!
I first heard this on Derb Radio (NRO) and then a Lizardoid posted about it as well, so I decided to take a look for myself.
I must say, while I remember Methuselah as the oldest person who ever lived, I don’t recall right off hand if the Bible has a “most prolific” man (at least, not without doing a little digging). But there is one mentioned in historical records with at least 1000 children!...and he certainly isn’t of the Biblical persuasion.
LONG STORY SHORT: Guys, if you’re gonna get married, stick with just ONE wife! You’ll do a lot better in the long run and you won’t run out of money so fast.

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